Director of Programming and Outreach, Energy Initiative
Adjunct Faculty, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
University of Illinois at Chicago
Materials Research Society Energy & Sustainability Journal
Dr. Elizabeth Kocs develops and strengthens UIC Energy Initiative programming by expanding its presence on all scales, growing a like-minded network across institutions and industry, and identifying supporting partners and affiliates. She builds relationships with local, regional, national, and international energy, technology, innovation, sustainability, environmental and policy entities and secures private and public funding to grow UIC Energy Initiative curriculum, research and collaborative efforts. Dr. Kocs develops and implements curricular and research training programs, including an undergraduate minor in Sustainable Urban Systems, unique topics courses in energy, sustainability, and energy storage, and collaborative undergraduate research training internship programs within UIC and with partner institutions, such as the UIC Office of Sustainability, Argonne National Laboratory and the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. Dr. Kocs is the primary grant writer for the UIC Energy Initiative. She prepares grant proposals to seek funding for intensive interdisciplinary educational institutes as well as forums in the interdisciplinary and STEM foundations of energy from national agencies such as National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Education, as well as local, regional, national and international private foundations, philanthropic institutions and institutional partners. Additionally, Dr. Kocs oversees the development and dissemination of Energy Initiative marketing and outreach materials, the Energy Initiative website, and the Energy Initiative budget, and also hires and supervises undergraduate and graduate interns and research assistants. She develops and utilizes innovative classroom and teaching methodologies, and incorporates new technology into instructional practices to further grow UIC Energy Initiative programming. Her scholarly work spans environmental research on energy perspectives and sustainability, urban parks (ecological restoration and globalization), and housing/home environments. Dr. Kocs has published in architectural, planning and environmental design research journals, and has given over 20 talks at conferences. She has chaired and moderated sessions at conferences, served as guest lecturer in numerous courses, and is co-instructor for LAS 493: Topics in Energy and Sustainability course at UIC. Dr. Kocs serves on the Advisory Board for the Materials Research Society Bulletin Energy Quarterly and on the Planning Group on Materials for Sustainable Development at the Materials Research Society, and as a reviewer for the Environmental Design Research Association publications.