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Focus:  Energy @ SIU

The Global Problem

Energy is at the crux of big global problems like climate change, global health, food security, bio-diversity, water security, and even national security. The people of the world need increasing amounts energy, the planet’s resource base needs to be carefully managed, and the environment needs to be maintained to support future generations.  Further, sources of funding for crucial basic research that traditionally occurs primarily at universities is under pressure from all sides. Finally, there is a shortage of energy professionals to fill high-paying energy jobs.