Research at the Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) is organized into three interdisciplinary themes; Smart Societal Infrastructure, Energy Efficient Computing and Communications, and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. Projects within each theme attack critical energy-efficiency grand challenges by leveraging the expertise of UCSB’s acclaimed faculty, engineers and researchers to develop new technologies to improve energy efficiency and ensure a more sustainable future.  IEE’s mission also includes expediting the commercialization of these technologies.

IEE research is funded through government grants, industry-sponsored projects, and generous donors. The Institute selectively supports emerging new directions in research by providing seed-funding or matching-grant funding to UCSB faculty. Additionally, the Institute facilitates and supports efforts to secure government and industry funding.

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Research Themes

Projects within each theme attack critical energy-efficiency grand challenges to develop new technologies for improving and ensuring a more sustainable future.

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Technical Foundation

Projects within each theme attack critical energy-efficiency grand challenges to develop new technologies for improving and ensuring a more sustainable future.

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IEE by the Numbers

Facts show the impact of the Institute of Energy Efficiency

Diverse

Vibrant

Social

Creative

6

Nobel Laureates

#1

Green School

1000

acres on the California coast

200+

majors, degrees, and credentials

1008

faculty members

23051

students enrolled

Dynamic Environment

Progressive + Pioneering

Socially Rewarding

John E. Bowers
“The cleanest power plant is the one you don’t have to build.”
john bowers
iee director
Mark Abel
“IEE’s award-winning research has been the foundation for numerous energy-saving innovations including energy-saving white light LED lighting, more energy efficient data-center communications and interconnects, and software that reduces energy usage in buildings worldwide.”
mark abel
iee associate director