Month: August 2023

UConn and Connecticut Recognized as Leaders in Sustainability

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks at a press conference at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks at a press conference at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering on May 20, 2022. The Department of Energy is preparing to invest $8 billion in regional hydrogen hubs, including the northeastern consortium that UConn has joined. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn’s journey toward clean energy and sustainability is fortified by the exceptional progress highlighted in a special feature by UConn Today. This collective movement, championed by UConn and Connecticut leaders, scholars, innovators, and passionate individuals, is driving us closer to a future propelled by clean energy and a resilient environment.

Through collaboration, research, and transformative initiatives, we’re moving forward on multiple fronts. Our environmental scientists, engineers, and collaborators in the social sciences and humanities are together crafting solutions for energy reliability and community resilience. Our interdisciplinary partnerships with industry leaders, government bodies, and educational institutions are fostering groundbreaking research in areas like decarbonization, sustainable aviation, and storage.

Moreover, we’re acting locally by making our Storrs campus carbon neutral by 2030. Our educational approach empowers students to tackle emerging challenges with mastery and innovation, ensuring the next generation continues to shape a more sustainable world.

Together, our collective efforts not only signify our dedication to change but also represent a beacon of hope for a greener, more sustainable future. 

Read the UConn Today article for a deeper look:

Dr. Ozkan Leading a New Engineering Education Initiative

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Desen Ozkan is joining UConn’s School of Engineering (SoE) this fall and has become affiliate faculty of our Engineering for Human Rights Initiative (ENG-HR). Ozkan is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with research on offshore wind engineering, but she has a special focus on engineering education. At UConn, she will develop new programs for the SoE’s Engineering Education and Experiential Learning Initiative.

“By incorporating theoretical foundations and practical applications, the potential program equips graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for a diverse range of careers,” explained Daniel Burkey, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and ENG-HR affiliate faculty. “Professor Ozkan will help the School of Engineering with designing a curriculum framework that promotes deeper learning, integrates interdisciplinary approaches, and reflects current industry needs while generating new knowledge to advance the understanding of how engineering education can be improved.”

Read the full SoE announcement to learn more at 

Welcome, Professor Ozkan!