The Energy Science Initiative at Brown is focused on coordinating Brown’s energy research and education activities at Brown across disciplinary boundaries to emerge innovative solutions for our nation’s energy challenges. It encompasses many fields, bridging physical sciences, life sciences and social sciences to promote energy science research and education. Basic science necessitates the fields of chemistry, physics, engineering, applied mathematics, and computer science. Evaluating the environmental impact of new energy technologies calls on the fields of biology, ecology, environmental science, and geology. Finally, understanding the socioeconomic implications of a global energy market requires the fields of sociology, economics, and anthropology.
The Initiative promotes collaborative partnerships such as its ongoing effort with Draper Labs to develop alternative energy sources and storage of these sources, to secure and optimize the energy grid, and to develop ways to be most efficient with fossil fuel use.
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