The Institute for Energy Efficiency

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Innovation for Energy Efficiency

The Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to cutting-edge science and technologies that support an energy-efficient and sustainable future. IEE’s research activities leverage the considerable expertise of UCSB’s highly acclaimed faculty, scientists, engineers and researchers. By fostering collaborations, sponsoring research, and expediting the commercialization of new technologies, IEE is a key driver of significant advances in energy efficiency.

The Institute’s energy efficiency research focuses on critical energy issues in three broad interdisciplinary themes; Smart Societal Infrastructure, Energy Efficient Computing and Communications, and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. Projects within these themes build on and integrate UCSB’s world-class foundational research in electronics, materials, photonics, computing and systems architecture, artificial intelligence / machine learning, and environmental sciences and policy.

The results of these interdisciplinary research projects are changing the way we use energy, while concurrently educating and training a new generation of energy-aware and sustainability-aware scientists and technologists.