Welcome to the Institute for Energy Studies

The Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University is a multi-college collaboration that offers interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees to address the science, technology, policy, business and economic aspects of energy systems. 

PLEASE NOTE: The format has changed for the Energy Symposium this year! In order to participate, you will need to sign up for ENRG 397D. Email the office (Energy.Institute@wwu.edu) if you need an override. The symposium will be held on April 24th, 2018 on WWU's campus.


Overview -- WWU Institute for Energy Studies-1

Craig Dunn - Affiliated Faculty

While economists despair of differentiating between needs and wants, choosing instead to focus on the more generic category of preferences…it could rather easily be argued that energy is essential to the very existence of all species, including ours. Energy de facto fulfills a fundamental need. So…to critically study energy capture/production/distribution/utilization is to equip oneself with an enduring perspective, with knowledge, with skills that are core to life itself—and that thereby make one highly marketable to boot!

Educating the leaders for our clean and efficient energy future through interdisciplinary studies and research.