Collaboration and connection of knowledge to tackle pressing energy problems is a hallmark of Duke's strength in applying knowledge in service of society. Global energy challenges demand such engagement, and the Energy Initiative is committed to reaching outside the university to find dedicated collaborators with the expertise to help put new ideas into practice.

Duke’s research activities in energy cut across multiple disciplines and include five core focus areas:

Our projects and programs engage decision-makers across the business and policy communities, forging partnerships that result in new opportunities for faculty, hands-on learning experiences for students, and practical advancements for the energy system.

Partners can collaborate with the Energy Initiative on research, help connect Duke projects to current business and policy decisions, enhance Duke’s energy education programs, and speak at Duke-sponsored energy conferences and events.

Corporations and Foundation Collaboration

Foundations and corporations will find a variety of innovative, engaging research and education programs to support through the Duke University Energy Initiative.

Contact Suellen Aldina (Director of Engagement & Administration) at or (919) 681-4908 to discuss potential sponsorships, partnerships and activities.

More Ways to Get Involved

Mailing Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708


  • Suellen Aldina
    Director of Operations

    Suellen has more than 20 years' experience in the energy sector, finance, operations and contract negotiations.