Congratulations to the 2015 Energy RET participants

Author: Jennifer Pavlick


The final year of the NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) – Engineering a More Sustainable Energy Future – came to a close on July 31. Ten science teachers from local high schools participated in the seven-week program and focused their attention on conducting energy-related research that was used to develop new curriculum for their classrooms.  Each teacher completed 280 hours of course study and hands-on laboratory work and presented their final research results and curriculum at a campus-wide poster demonstration at the Jordan Hall of Science. Research topics included Ionic Liquids, global change ecology, fossil fuels, radionuclide sorption to support safer nuclear waste disposal, fabrication of perovskite solar cells, uranium materials, solar power, gas separations, energy efficient carbon capture materials, and selective chemical oxidations.

The Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy) would like to congratulate the teachers on completing a successful research program and thank the ND Energy faculty and associated researchers who mentored the teachers and provided guidance throughout their research experience.

ND Energy faculty who participated in the 2015 RET program were Joan Brennecke,  Jessica Hellmann, Jason Hicks, Amy Hixon, Prashant Kamat, Peter Burns, Ginger Sigmon, Brandon Ashfeld, and Seth Brown.

Teacher participants were:

  • Thomas Adams, Lake Michigan Catholic High School
  • Greg Alberding, LaPorte High School
  • Rose Calhoun, Clay High School
  • John Gensic, Penn High School
  • Peter Hoffman, Elkhart Central High School
  • Jeff Kindelan, Clay High School
  • Jill McNabnay, Lakeshore High School
  • Sean McPherson, Triton Junior Senior High School
  • Ann Rutherford, Marian High School
  • Mark Wilson, John Adams High School











This program was led by principal investigator Dr. Joan Brennecke and was fully funded by the National Science Foundation. For more information about the RET programs at Notre Dame, visit

Originally published by Jennifer Pavlick at on August 05, 2015.