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The Role of Engineering in Addressing Climate Change

As outlined in the recent White House priorities memo for the FY2023 Budget, “the United States and the world face a profound climate crisis with a narrow moment to pursue action to avoid the most catastrophic impacts and to seize the opportunities that tackling climate change presents.” Unsurprisingly, respondents to ERVA’s initial survey of the engineering community identified combating climate change: disaster resilient infrastructure and carbon neutrality: alternative fuels, energy storage, and enhanced carbon management as the highest priority themes for ERVA to explore. This task force will facilitate this inaugural visioning event, which will be to identify less-explored, basic and use-inspired research lines within this broad theme that are ripe for multi-disciplinary contributions from the engineering research community. Events in early 2022 will delve deeper into identified areas.

Exploratory Domains

The Thematic Task Force will develop a framework for exploring the content during the visioning event, including key discussion and breakout questions to address. It will also guide the development of the resulting report that will incorporate supporting research intelligence, actionable findings, and identified research directions intended to catalyze action.


  • October 2021
  • December 2021
    Visioning Event
  • February 2022
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Thematic Task Force


Evan Pugh University Professor in Engineering, the Stan & Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute, Penn State University
Technical Fellow
Professor, Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Senior Grid Strategist National & Homeland Security, Idaho National Laboratory
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Trane Technologies
Senior Vice President, Director of Sustainability, CannonDesign
Professor of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in Economics and Sustainability, Faculty Director of the Sustainability Institute, The Ohio State University
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Engineering and Architecture Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Howard University
Vice President and Head of Major Partnerships, ENGIE North America

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