1. Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas through ($1000,000.00)
    Integration of Business, Engineering and Environmental Education “Higher Education for Development, Knowledge, Partnership, Results, Pathways to Cleaner Production, Co-PI. ($758,996-$1,000,000 ) (2012-2015). • Higher Education for Development (HED), with funding support from the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, supported this grant for three years to promote higher education partnership aimed at promoting sustainable manufacturing and economic growth in Latin America. The initiative will help create a modern workforce to implement cleaner production practices, meeting the goals of Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas. The multi-national effort, known as “Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas,” integrates business, engineering, and environmental education as a collective response to the need for technically innovative skills training in industry across the Americas. The partners will enhance academic training and curricula in cleaner production and sustainable industrial development to improve environmental performance and productivity of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in pathways countries. The work will be completed in collaboration with the World Environment Center and the National Cleaner Production Centers.
  2. Illinois Smart Grid Innovation Cluster CO-PI. ($1,500,000) (2010-present):
    • This project seeks to attract and support smart grid innovators in order to: Enhance market opportunities, Accelerate business and product development, Create jobs, and Advance deployment of a smarter grid. The Regional Innovation Cluster is supported through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as one of 10 “Innovative Economies,” and identified as the only smart grid-focused innovation cluster in the country. The Cluster provides a platform to promote business growth and entrepreneurial activity by providing technical and business support to smart grid start-ups and small businesses, continuously identifying and disseminating technical and product needs, and connecting innovators to market opportunities and capital in order to speed the path to commercialization. ISGRIC also engages leading corporations, investors and policy makers to ensure the regional smart grid cluster grows in a deliberate and sustainable manner.
  3. Development of Strategies for Sustainable Operation and Energy Management at Cook County, IL. ($400,000.00 ($400,000.00 ) (2010-2011
    • Project analyzed energy use practices at Cook County and Suburbs and provided suggestions for designing a management system that can support sustainable use of energy and material conservation at Cook County, IL