An Eastern Illinois University professor will speak at the National Energy Education Summit in Washington, D.C. this month about EIU’s clean energy research facility and sustainable energy program.
Peter Ping Liu, a professor of technology and director of the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education, will elaborate on the development and delivery of the master’s program in sustainable energy and the creation of EIU’s research facility, CENCERE.
The program, officially started in the spring of 2013, focused on creating leaders and managers in the clean energy industry with the collaboration of 10 academic units throughout campus.
Liu helped organize a core group of staff and faculty members dedicated to the success of clean energy research and education, which led to the creation of a research facility in the spring of 2014.
The 5,000-square-ft. state-of-the-art research facility supports collaborative efforts of students, faculty and staff on clean energy research. The building sits next to EIU’s Renewable Energy Center and creates a space for students to engage in learning focused on environmental protection, natural resource preservation and social responsibilities, Liu said.
“The facility enables us to develop better collaboration between the Renewable Energy Center and academic units, among various departments across campus, with our community and local schools as well as with entrepreneurs in the region with clean energy on the forefront,” Liu said.
Liu will speak at the summit, organized by the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL), on Monday, Jan. 26. The purpose of the summit is to improve and expand energy education by sharing best practices within the field.
Featured speakers will include Dan Arvizu, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Dan Kammen, director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at University of California, Berkeley; and Michael Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute at University of Texas at Austin.
Liu received his doctorate from Iowa State University in 1991. His teaching and research focuses on renewable energy, advanced database technology (Oracle), system administration, biomedical devices, quality assurance, quality management systems, failure analysis and system reliability.