Energy Centers

The University of Pennsylvania is home to 142 research organizations, housed in and amongst its twelve schools. Led by Penn faculty, students, fellows and researchers, the collaborative efforts of these research centers and institutes catalyze more than $700 million annually to advance innovation and understanding at the local, national, and global scale.

Energy Related Organizations

The Kleinman Center has initially identified a shared interest in energy or energy policy at the following 20 university organizations. These centers, institutes, programs and laboratories provide resources for students, faculty, and others, seeking energy related information or opportunities.


Business, Climate, and Environment Lab

Wharton | Visit Site

Environmental degradation and climate change may be the largest failures of free private markets that the world has ever observed. Governments and businesses have adopted myriad policies to solve these problems, sometimes with success but frequently with unintended consequences. Business and government will have to work together to solve the most pressing environmental challenges of our time, from climate change to species extinction. The Business, Climate, and Environment Lab supports cutting edge research, provides thought leadership, and brings together stakeholders from academia, government, communities, and the private sector to design smart public and private sector policies related to topics such as climate change, renewable energy, air and water pollution, waste disposal, biodiversity, and deforestation. The lab is supported through the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center.

Center for Environmental Building and Design

Weitzman | Visit Site

The Center for Environmental Building and Design is a faculty research unit at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design dedicated to improving the environmental future of contemporary buildings and cities. The challenges of environmental design occur at multiple, interacting scales and can only be approached systemically, so the CEBD works in interdisciplinary teams on projects at a range of scales.

Fels Institute of Government

SAS | Visit Site

Penn's Fels Institute of Government offers focused, practical educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, executive and certificate level, preparing students for high-impact roles as public leaders and managers and providing research and consulting services that improve the performance of organizations that serve the public. Fels bridges the worlds of practice and possibility through conferences, lectures, and discussions about public issues and public problem-solving.

GRASP Laboratory

SEAS | Visit Site

The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory integrates computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in a vibrant, collaborative environment that fosters interactions between students, research staff and faculty. Pioneering GRASP researchers are building autonomous vehicles and robots, developing self-configuring humanoids, and making robot swarms a reality.

LRSM - Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

Med, SAS, SEAS | Visit Site

The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), established in 1960, is the center for materials research at the University of Pennsylvania, supporting the interdisciplinary research of affiliated faculty from three Schools: Arts & Sciences (Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy), Engineering & Applied Sciences (Bioengineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics) and Medicine (Physiology, Biochemistry & Biophysics). The LRSM provides education & outreach in the "research" context through programs that target students at all levels from K-12 to post-docs, teachers, small college faculty, regional academic, industrial & governmental scientists, the international scientific community, and the general public.

Mack Institute of Innovation Management

Wharton | Visit Site

The Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School explores the strategies that allow firms to survive, compete, and thrive through innovation management. Thought leaders from across academic disciplines and industries come together to study topics from strategizing for innovation to developing organizational ecosystems and managing emerging technologies.

NBIC - Nano/Bio Interface Center

Med, SAS, SEAS | Visit Site

Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania is a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) bringing together researchers from the Schools of Engineering and Applied Science; Arts and Sciences; and Medicine. The NBIC exploits Penn's internationally recognized strengths in design of molecular function and quantification of individual molecules. The Center unites investigators from ten departments to provide, not only new directions for the life sciences, but also for engineering in a two-way flow essential to fully realizing the benefits of nano-biotechnology.

PCI - Penn Center for Innovation

University-wide | Visit Site

The Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) helps to translate Penn discoveries and ideas into new products and businesses for the benefit of society. It does this by facilitating technology development connections between Penn and the private sector. Whether the end result is a technology license, an R&D alliance, the formation of a new venture or an integrated combination of any or all of these activities, PCI serves as a dedicated one-stop shop for commercial partnering with Penn.

Penn Institute for Economic Research

SAS | Visit Site

The Penn Institute for Economic Research (PIER) was established in 1993 to create an environment for research and teaching that will enhance the role of the University of Pennsylvania as one of the leading institutions in the world for the study of economics. PIER's main goals are to promote and support the efforts of faculty and students in advancing the science of economics, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and research results within and outside of the Penn academic community, and to foster a better understanding of the importance of basic economic research in the formulation and assessment of public policy.

Penn Program on Regulation

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The Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) brings rigorous, balanced analysis from multiple disciplines to bear on important regulatory policy problems and alternative strategies to solve them, as well as on the processes of making and implementing regulation.

Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative

Wharton | Visit Site

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (Penn Wharton PPI) is a hub for public policy research and education that leverages the University’s resources to foster better-informed policymaking on issues related to business and the economy. Wharton PPI aims to be the honest broker of data and rigorous, independent analyses that bridge this intellectual divide between business and government, while preparing our students to become the next generation of thought leaders in public policy and government service.


SAS, SEAS | Visit Site

Our mission is to bring together world-class researchers to solve scientific and technological problems enabling the efficient use of current energy sources, the practical use of more sustainable energy, and the facile conversion of energy to different forms. The Center researchers and educators integrate and share their knowledge through energy research, educational, and outreach activities that impact researchers, students, and our community.

PennIUR - Institute for Urban Research

University-wide | Visit Site

The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is a university-wide, interdisciplinary institute at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to urban research, education, and civic engagement. The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is dedicated to advancing cross-disciplinary urban-focused research, instruction, and civic engagement on issues relevant to cities around the world.

PRECISE - Penn Research in Embedded Computing and Integrated Systems Engineering

SEAS | Visit Site

The Penn Research in Embedded Computing and Integrated Systems Engineering (PRECISE) Center was established in 2008 to leverage expertise in the theoretical and engineering foundations of cyber-physical systems (CPS). PRECISE researchers are actively collaborating with CPS application-area experts to develop next generation medical systems, automotive systems, green energy buildings, and consumer electronics.

Risk Management and Decision Processes Center

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The Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School focuses on natural and technological hazards through the integration of risk assessment and risk perception with risk management strategies. Building on the disciplines of economics, finance, insurance, marketing, psychology and decision sciences, the Center's research program is oriented around descriptive and prescriptive analyses. The Center supports and undertakes field and experimental studies of risk and uncertainty to better understand the linkage between descriptive and prescriptive approaches under various regulatory and market conditions.

Singh Center for Nanotechnology

SAS, SEAS | Visit Site

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is a state-of-the-art facility equipped to serve both the current generation of nanotechnology scientist, developers, and manufacturers, and the future researchers who will usher in nanoscience’s second century. The research efforts of the Singh Center are organized into six general categories: Biological Applications of Micro- and Nanotechnology; Mechanics, Materials and Interfaces; Microfluidics; Microsystems and Nanosystems; Nanomaterials; and Nanophotonics, Electronics, and Magnetics.

The McHarg Center

Weitzman | Visit Site

In the spirit of Ian McHarg’s renowned philosophy for “Designing with Nature,” the Center’s mission is to build on the position of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design as a global leader in urban ecological design by bringing environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policy makers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences

SEAS | Visit Site

The Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences is an incubator of forward-thinking research, culturally impactful innovation, and potent interdisciplinary collaboration that challenges how the world views technology by fostering research and innovation in interconnected social, economic and technological systems.

VIPER - Vagelos Integrated Program on Energy Research

SAS, SEAS | Visit Site

The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) is a joint program of Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), leading to dual Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degrees by combining majors from each school. VIPER enrolls talented, prepared, and motivated students who are interested in energy science and engineering.