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Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program

The Sustainable Energy Systems and Policy faculty cluster moves society toward greater energy sustainability through research that informs key energy decisions at state, federal and international levels.

Launched in 2011, the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program (CFEP) brings together the brightest minds in a range of academic disciplines and gives them the support to tackle global issues.

The Sustainable Energy Systems and Policy cluster is designed to address energy issues in order to provide a strong foundation for future education and research in energy. This faculty cluster serves as a catalyst by filling four critical gaps in NCSU’s previously existing expertise: energy economics, energy and environmental policy, energy-focused life cycle assessment and energy systems engineering.  

This cluster provides the capability to assess technology and policy options through an assessment that considers relevant technical, economic, environmental and socio-political factors.

“Our faculty clusters place NC State at the forefront of interdisciplinary education.”

Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor, NC State University

In addition to exploring the broader implications of technology deployment, cluster faculty also analyze the potential effects of top-down energy policy. Comprehensive evaluation of competing policy alternatives is critical, as they may have divergent effects on the U.S. economy, technology deployment and the environment. Such research is consistent with the NC State strategic plan, which focuses on addressing societal grand challenges.

Cluster Coordinator

Joe DeCarolis (Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering)

Cluster Colleges

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering (Lead College)