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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

Science, Technology + the Environment

In the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, scholarship, teaching, and public engagement come together in hands-on projects. These projects, conducted in partnership with communities, non-profit and private sector organizations, local-state-national governments, and international advisory bodies, maximize our impact on the real world. The Center’s research focus areas include:

  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Cities
  • Renewable Energy Transitions
  • The Water Energy Food Nexus
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Governance of New and Emerging Technologies

MnDRIVE: Sustainable Energy Systems

Professor Elizabeth Wilson has received funding for a new project titled, "Sustainable Energy Systems: Control Systems and Sensors to Link Rural Renewables and Demand for Sustainable Industrial Energy in Food Processing Systems." Working with an interdisciplinary team from across the University, Wilson and colleagues will explore challenges related to integrating renewable energy sources into Minnesota's grid system.The grant was awarded through Minnesota's Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative and will be a part of the Transdisciplinary Research Program.

Students in PIRE grant

Sustainability in the U.S. + India + China

Some Humphrey School students are collaborating with graduate students from three other United States universities, and students from India and China, for a "Sustainable Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities" summer program. The cohort of students is working to build sustainable and healthy cities by putting to use their training in environmental science, math, engineering, urban planning, and public affairs. Professor Anu Ramaswami is leading the project with a Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant funded by the National Science Foundation. Read about the students's experiences this summer in China in this blog.

Related Academic Programs
Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS-STEP)

Faculty Experts
Senior Fellow Steve Kelley
Professor Greg Lindsey
Assistant Professor Kathy Quick
Professor Anu Ramaswami
Assistant Professor Carissa Schively-Slotterback
Professor Deborah Swackhamer
Associate Professor Elizabeth Wilson



Picture of Hubert Humphrey

"Because this is the age of science and technology, it's the age of ideas, it's the age of movement. Anything static is in retreat."

-Hubert Humphrey