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Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

Engineering a sustainable future through interdisciplinary research and education

About the Center

The Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience at Northwestern Engineering aims to tackle complex sustainability challenges like climate change, water quality, clean energy, and pollution through research and educational efforts that span multiple departments and disciplines.

CESR Seed Grant Funding

Applications Now Open

Please read through the Call for Proposals to learn eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and review + post-award requirements.

The proposals are submitted in Competitions, under the title Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience Research Support.

Submission deadline: December 11, 2023



Learn about our research that focuses on sustainable use of materials in the construction of engineered systems.

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Discover the groups with whom the center combines and amplifies efforts with across campus.

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Meet the Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience's advisory board and affiliated faculty.
Meet our People
Resources and Opportunities

Resources and Opportunities

Explore funding and job opportunities, fellowship and award opportunities, a reference library, proposal resources, and white papers.

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The Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience is part of the McCormick School of Engineering.


Chile Global Trek Blog

Follow along with the Global Engineering Trek: Energy Storage & Critical Minerals as they explore the technical and social issues of mining lithium and other minerals commonly used in sustainable energy projects

CESR Seed Grants

Seed Funding Awards support innovative, high-risk, and/or collaborative research to enhance engineering sustainability and resilience in the field at large.

News & Events


CESR Newsletter 10.13.23

Trek to Chile Widens Northwestern Students’ Perspective; Sustainable, Resilient, Responsible Global Minerals Supply Chain (SuReMin) Center founded; funding opportunities through DoE, DoT, and more

CESR Newsletter 9.29.23

Global Engineering Trek Explores Critical Minerals Supply Chain in Chile; funding opportunities at DOE, DOT; multiple events and job postings


Fall examinations end

December 9
All Day

Northwestern Engineering PhD Hooding and Master's Recognition Cer...

December 9
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Fall Degrees Conferred

December 15
All Day

Winter Recess - University Closed

December 22
All Day

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