The University of Central Florida is assembling Blue-Ribbon Panel to strategize how UCF energy-related research can help meet the rapidly increasing demand for clean and economical energy.

UCF has various groups and individuals conducting cutting-edge research in the areas of solar energy, alternative energy sources, electricity distribution, and power generation, among others, bringing in tens of millions of dollars of external funding. The US Energy Information Administration estimates an increase in US energy consumption as high as 11% by 2040 and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting that the number of jobs in solar and wind power industries will double in the next 10 years. Therefore, the time is right to look at what UCF is doing, what future opportunities may exist and how the university can position itself to lead innovation in this field well into the future.

The 15-person panel will:

  • Create an inventory of all the energy related research underway at UCF
  • Review current and emerging research trends in the field
  • Review current and future funding opportunities from public and private agencies
  • Learn about UCF community partners research needs
  • Analyze interdisciplinary research opportunities
  • Analyze current and future needs from industry perspective
  • Discuss ways to enhance the university’s capacity to conduct innovative research
  • Explore the idea of creating an umbrella organization for energy research
  • Associate Vice President for Research and Commercialization Debbie Reinhart will oversee the group.

    The group will meet in the new year and make recommendations to Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies Elizabeth Klonoff by April 1, 2018.

    If you would like to volunteer for the task force, please send your CV and a statement no more than 500 words explaining what you can contribute to the blue-ribbon panel to by Dec. 22. Those selected will be notified via email by Jan. 8, 2018. If you have recommendations for representatives from industry that may want to serve on the panel, please email .