Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research

At the direction of the center, UNL faculty members have developed research proposals that are reviewed by a special panel of peers from industry, government and academia that evaluate the research proposals on their merits. Ongoing research projects are described in the following link: Research Grants. The External Advisory Committee meets periodically to review the progress of the research projects. The center’s website is located at:

Mike Nastasi

Dr. Mike Nastasi

The Energy Center is lead by materials scientist Mike Nastasi, Ph.D. He joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on January 3, 2012. He came from Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was a longtime researcher and, since 2009, directed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier Research Center on Materials and Irradiation of Mechanical Extremes. Nastasi’s interest in energy research stems from his work in materials and nanoscience. His research interests include ion-solid interactions, irradiation induced phase transformation and irradiation effects in nanostructured materials. In addition to serving as the NCESR Directory, Dr. Nastasi holds the Elmer Koch Professorship and as a professor of mechanical and materials engineering will continue his research on developing materials for extreme radiation environments. Dr. Nastasi brings the opportunity to UNL to be a university affiliate of the Energy Frontier Research Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory, along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carnegie Mellon University.

With Dr. Nastasi’s leadership, the vision of the Nebraska Center for Energy Science Research (NCESR) was evaluated and revised to increase research through a more focused approach that building on existing strengths and targets promising new areas. The energy center’s vision is to serve as a catalyst at UNL to expand opportunities in broad spectrum of important and innovative energy research areas, such as renewable energy, improved energy efficiency, the production of new materials that find applications in developing clean energy technologies and other evolving energy science areas.

To achieve the vision, the Energy Center plans to:

  • Support energy science research at UNL that has the potential to lead to disruptive innovations in clean energy technology, expand UNL’s clean energy sciences research portfolio and impact Nebraska, the nation and the world.
  • Assist in leveraging synergies across UNL departments and colleges, centers and institutes by supporting or hosting conferences and workshops that advance the understanding of emerging clean energy technologies.
  • Encourage the application of clean energy technologies as an opportunity for economic development in Nebraska, particularly mindful of the state’s commitment to the larger agri-business sector and the continuing need for a greater understanding of the synergies among water, energy and agriculture.
  • Continue to partner with Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to provide important opportunities to impact UNL energy sciences research and benefit NPPD customers.
  • Foster the development of strategic energy partnerships with industry, universities and national laboratories, and provide value regarding science and technology development to meet current challenges and emerging needs.
  • Support fundamental and applied energy science and engineering research to educate the next generation of energy science and technology leaders.

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