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UMD is consistently in the top 5 in the US academic institutions in terms of the number of Department of Energy (DOE) ARPA-E awards, participating in 41 projects for over $117M thus far, and leads a major 29M multi-institutional DOE Energy Frontier Research Center: Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage (NEES).

Sustainability does not happen by chance, it must be engineered. That’s why, each April in connection with Earth Day, faculty and students from the University of Maryland, the University System of Maryland, and guests from industry and government are invited to come together for the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute’s (MEI2) Engineering Sustainability Day.

In 2021, a student video contest focused on "How can energy innovation solve societal issues?" As MEI2 develops innovative clean energy technology products and services to solve local and global energy problems, thereby improving the lives of millions across the state of Maryland; this video competition engaged students across the state system in this mission by encouraging them to consider potential solutions utilizing clean energy technology, energy efficiency, energy storage, emission reduction, job production and other multi-disciplinary innovative approaches towards long-term sustainability. Teamwork and interdisciplinary work are encouraged. Contest winning videos can be viewed on the youtube channel