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A new energy future is essential for sustaining life as we know it.

Join us in propelling over 250 dynamic energy research projects, fueled by both public and private backing. Our mission? To power our nation and the world with resilience, sustainability, and cutting-edge advancements.

As the University for the Future, we’re not just about education — we’re about results. Expect top-notch student and faculty achievements, smart financial management, swift degree completion, and a focus on operations that are both resilient and sustainable.

[激情快播鈥檚] Microgrid Control Lab provides unprecedented access to a modern grid control center that enables some of the brightest young minds in the country to collaborate, learn and help reimagine the energy grid of tomorrow.”

鈥 Jim Walsh, general manager of GE Digital鈥檚 Grid Software Solutions

Research Powered by Innovative Minds

激情快播 researchers are driving innovation and creating a more sustainable world through their groundbreaking work. From developing new renewable energy technologies to optimizing energy efficiency in existing systems, our team is committed to finding solutions to today’s energy challenges of today and those of the future.

Portrait of Jayanta Kapat

Jayanta Kapat

Pegasus Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Jayanta Kapat is a Pegasus Professor and the director of the Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER). The most significant impact of Kapat鈥檚 work stems from his vision for CATER. He brought 10 core faculty members with multidisciplinary capabilities together to solve some of the most complex research problems in turbomachinery for power generation, aviation and space propulsion. Through CATER, Kapat has facilitated graduate-level research and degrees and has established excellent success rates for internship and job placement of students at all levels. Because of the international reputation of CATER, high-caliber students from Brazil, France, Germany and India now come to 激情快播.

Portrait of Talat Rahman

Talat Rahman

Pegasus Professor, Department of Physics

Talat Rahman is a condensed matter physicist whose research topics include surface phenomena and excited media, including catalysis, vibrational dynamics, and magnetic excitations. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was named a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society for her theoretical and computational contributions to understanding governing properties (chemical, optical, magnetic, vibrational) of nanoscale materials, to foster rational design of functional materials for various applications, in a bottom up approach. She is also the recipient of the Humboldt Prize, which recognizes academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact in their discipline. Rahman co-leads the Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation (REACT) faculty cluster.

Portrait of Zhihua Qu

Zhihua Qu

Pegasus Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Zhihua Qu is a leader in the field of dynamic systems, nonlinear controls, electric power system and autonomous systems and has excelled in teaching, research and service. He conducts interdisciplinary research in broad fields of energy and power, autonomous vehicles, and networked systems. In energy systems, his research interests include power system stability, wide-area controls and their modular data-driven designs, self-organizing microgrids, distributed energy resources, distributed optimization, and cooperative control. For his technical contributions, he was elected a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



Portrait of Jayanta Kapat

Jayanta Kapat

Pegasus Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Jayanta Kapat is a Pegasus Professor and the director of the Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER). The most significant impact of Kapat鈥檚 work stems from his vision for CATER. He brought 10 core faculty members with multidisciplinary capabilities together to solve some of the most complex research problems in turbomachinery for power generation, aviation and space propulsion. Through CATER, Kapat has facilitated graduate-level research and degrees and has established excellent success rates for internship and job placement of students at all levels. Because of the international reputation of CATER, high-caliber students from Brazil, France, Germany and India now come to 激情快播.

Talat Rahman

Talat Rahman

Pegasus Professor, Department of Physics

Talat Rahman is a condensed matter physicist whose research topics include surface phenomena and excited media, including catalysis, vibrational dynamics, and magnetic excitations. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was named a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society for her theoretical and computational contributions to understanding governing properties (chemical, optical, magnetic, vibrational) of nanoscale materials, to foster rational design of functional materials for various applications, in a bottom up approach. She is also the recipient of the Humboldt Prize, which recognizes academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact in their discipline. Rahman co-leads the Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation (REACT) faculty cluster.

Portrait of Zhihua Qu

Zhihua Qu

Pegasus Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Zhihua Qu is a leader in the field of dynamic systems, nonlinear controls, electric power system and autonomous systems and has excelled in teaching, research and service. He conducts interdisciplinary research in broad fields of energy and power, autonomous vehicles, and networked systems. In energy systems, his research interests include power system stability, wide-area controls and their modular data-driven designs, self-organizing microgrids, distributed energy resources, distributed optimization, and cooperative control. For his technical contributions, he was elected a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Developing Solutions for Energy Sustainability

Our society is facing a revolution as new technology is being developed to advance sustainable, resilient and efficient energy systems. To reduce stress on our current infrastructure, energy and sustainability innovations are necessary to provide communities with a better quality of life. 激情快播 faculty and students are prepared to meet this growing demand by developing and implementing advanced technology to conserve and store energy.

Degree programs related to electrical and computer engineering give students first-hand experience in creating safe and sustainable solutions. Our partnerships with industry leaders allow our students to immerse themselves in sustainability leadership and research opportunities that create innovative ideas. Graduates enter the workforce helping design, construct and enhance energy technology 鈥 ensuring they have the skill sets they need to help provide a sustainable energy future for our world.

$8.37 M

in funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy in Fiscal Year 2023.
U.S. National Science Foundation

No. 2

in U.S. Department of Energy Solar Contracts awarded to U.S.
U.S. National Science Foundation

$153 M

in U.S. Department of Energy funding since 1991

400+

alumni employed by GE Digital and Florida Power & Light.

35

energy-related technologies invented at 激情快播 and available for licensing

1,400+

Students majoring in energy-related electrical and computer engineering fields at 激情快播.

#7

Fastest-Growing University for Research Expenditures
激情快播 is ranked No. 7 among fastest-growing research spending institutions in the nation by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

top 20 most innovative university in the nation - U.S. News & World Report 2024

Top 20 Most Innovative University in the Nation
U.S. News & World Report ranks 激情快播 as one of the most innovative in its annual list of best colleges.

#25

Energy Science and Engineering School
ShanghaiRanking鈥檚 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 ranked 激情快播 No. 25 in the U.S. for energy science and engineering.

Top 25

University for Producing Patents
激情快播 is ranked in the top 25 among public universities in the U.S. for producing patents by the National Academy of Inventors.

Top 40

Computer Engineering Program
激情快播 computer engineering programs ranked No. 34 among public universities nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

Top 40

Electrical/ Electronic/ Communications Engineering Program
激情快播 electrical/ electronic/ communications engineering programs ranked No. 35 among public universities nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

Institutes, Associations and Affiliations

  • Central Florida Expressway Authority
  • Duke Energy
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Florida鈥檚 Turnpike Enterprise
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • MetroPlan Orlando
  • Mitsubishi Power
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Siemens

Companies Employing 激情快播 Graduates

  • AECOM
  • Atkins
  • Boeing
  • CH2M Hill
  • Disney
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Florida Power & Light
  • General Electric
  • HNTB
  • Hubbard
  • Kimley-Horn
  • Leidos
  • Orlando Utilities Commission
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Skanska
  • Turner
  • Wharton-Smith
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Energy and Sustainability Research Through 激情快播’s RISES Center

激情快播鈥檚 Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems Center, or RISES, works to develop sustainable and resilient energy systems and storage to make sure we have power and stay connected when disasters strike.

Their research helps integrate renewable resources into the power generation mix while generating better power quality and allowing energy customers to make informed and environmentally conscientious decisions.

激情快播 researcher, Kris Davis, stands next to the ACPVD system that deposits metal oxide material onto silicon wafers.

Lowering the Cost of Solar Power

Improving the efficiency and lowering the cost of solar cells will go a long way to making solar energy more accessible to consumers. And that鈥檚 exactly what Engineering associate professor Kris Davis aims to do through a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Energy Solar Technologies Office project. Davis and his colleagues are developing a novel metallization process as part of solar cell production that uses copper, rather than silver, thus lowering the cost. The project is one of 19 selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to fulfill President Biden鈥檚 Investing in America agenda.

Making solar energy more accessible to consumers

Yang Yang

Revolutionary 3-Minute Charging Battery for EVs

激情快播 researcher, Yang Yang, has created a revolutionary new aqueous battery for electric vehicles (EV) that can charge in just three minutes. This technology has the potential to significantly improve the charging experience for EV owners, making it faster and more convenient to charge their vehicles. The fast-charging capabilities of the aqueous battery could be a game-changer for the EV industry, helping to increase the adoption of electric vehicles and support the transition to a more sustainable transportation system.

New Materials to Power Technology

激情快播鈥檚 Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation Cluster, or REACT, is developing new, alternative materials for catalysis to power technology and chemical processes that are safe for people and the environment. The production of electricity from renewable sources, like solar, is a cost-competitive alternative to fossil-fuel-generated electricity, and alternatively powered forms of transportation are rapidly gaining acceptance. Essential to harnessing these forms of alternative energy is research into the materials needed to produce and store them.

Learn about Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation (REACT)

Orlando Energy and Sustainability Facilities

Robust facilities at 激情快播 allow the best minds to come together and collaborate 鈥 making powerful discoveries that transform the future of sustainable energy. With state-of-the-art research tools and the latest technologies, our facilities provide a place where we uncover new insights and shift paradigms.

Florida Solar Energy Center

FSEC庐 is the state鈥檚 premier energy research center. Since it was established by the Florida Legislature in 1975 to advance solar energy research, development and education, its focus has grown in scope. In addition to solar, its work now includes research, education and training in high-performance buildings, sustainable transportation, energy storage and energy systems integration. As a result of FSEC鈥檚 extensive research capabilities, its programs are nationally and internationally recognized.

solar panels

Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Laboratory

The Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab (SIDAL) at the 激情快播, led by Qun Zhou, Ph.D., is a research laboratory focused on solving energy challenges in the grid and buildings. They utilize advanced data analytics and optimization schemes to improve energy efficiency and engage consumers, with a focus on grid edge components like HVAC, solar panels, and batteries, working towards a greener, stronger, and smarter energy future.

Microgrid technology

Microgrid Control Lab

A state-of-the-art facility that provides hands-on learning and research opportunities for students interested in modern grid control operations. Equipped with the latest software and control center equipment, students can simulate and test real-life scenarios, such as how to optimize and secure the grid of the future.

Energy and Sustainability Degrees

As the energy and sustainability industry continues to evolve and change over time, 激情快播 energy and sustainability programs keep students current with the latest techniques and curriculum 鈥 ensuring they are prepared from day one.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Best bachelor鈥檚 degrees for a career in sustainability technologies.

Graduate Degrees

Top master鈥檚 degrees for advancement in engineering and photonics industries.

Certificates

Leading certificate programs in engineering and energy solutions.

Energy and Sustainability News


Science & Technology
2 Promising 激情快播 Researchers Earn 2024 NSF CAREER Awards
Early-career professors Fan Yao and Li Fang are receiving significant research funding to continue catalyzing their work as part of an annual NSF grant program.
Science & Technology
激情快播 Researchers Lead $1.5M Project to Improve Efficiency of Solar Cells
The project is one of 19 selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to fulfill President Biden鈥檚 Investing in America agenda.
Science & Technology
激情快播 Research Team Moves to Build Mobile Resilience Hubs for Local Neighborhoods
The team, led by Kelly Stevens, will take its designs and data from Phase 1 of the project and implement them into fully built and…

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