Inspiring the Next Generation of Energy and Environmental Learning

University of Kansas, Earth, Energy and Environment Center, Lawrence, KS

The new Earth, Energy and Environment Center (EEEC) will be a central rallying point for energy and environmental learning and research on campus. Located adjacent to the existing Lindley Hall, the building is a figurative and literal bridge between basic and applied sciences, institution and industry, and researchers and community — striving to transform traditional academic barriers and create a dynamic environment for research teams and students. In addition, its technology transfer and outreach center will provide a public face to KU’s resources and expertise and link it to national and global industries.


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The research activities within EEEC continues the building’s theme of bridging past and future with the physical and historical aspects of rock core analysis combined with emerging high-tech instrumentation and virtual reality. Technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the building, including in the “Edu-lobby,” which allows passersby to peer into active-learning studio lab environments and high-performance computing labs. Adaptable research labs are focused on unconventional research within the fields of geology and engineering including geo-microbiology, stable isotope geochemistry, chemistry of organic particles in unconventional hydrocarbon systems and tertiary oil recovery for new technologies to improve fractured reservoir extraction. The open laboratory concept of shared-use research platforms and transparency enable team-based research and develop new connections to industry while supporting inspiration for the next generation of students and discovery.