Message from the Director

Welcome to the Ralph O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI). As the founding director, it is my pleasure to lead ROSEI as a central hub for sustainable energy research and translation at Johns Hopkins University. While housed in the Whiting School of Engineering, the institute relies on expertise and contributions across the university to achieve its aims. Researchers from the Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Applied Physics Laboratory, School of Advanced International Studies, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Carey Business School are all involved in efforts to live ROSEI’s mission and vision.

Energy is a fundamental requirement of civilization, but our hunger for energy and reliance on fossil fuels has led to greenhouse gas emissions which threaten our climate. Today, we look towards a fourth industrial revolution, where innovation once again explodes, this time to provide clean, renewable and sustainable energy and to propagate these solutions for the healthy development of the world. Where better than Johns Hopkins to tackle such a robust challenge! I am excited to be a part of this mission and I hope you will join ROSEI in its efforts.

ROSEI’s faculty are advancing solutions across sustainable energy, and we have specific initiatives in carbon removal and upcycling, multi-functional storage, scale-up of wind power, and transformation of the electric grid. This research underpins the educational efforts we support (e.g., a new minor in energy) as well as our activities in translation (e.g., our workshop to train Hopkins researchers in commercialization opportunities) and outreach (e.g., our effort to provide high school programs in sustainable energy). If you want to learn more, or get involved, I encourage you to browse this site and learn more about our activities. You can also send an email to [email protected].


Benjamin W. Schafer
Director, Ralph O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute (ROSEI)
Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor, Civil and Systems Engineering
Johns Hopkins University