2013 Participant Breakdown

Countries represented in 2013!

Countries represented in 2013!

55 participants from around the United States - and the world! - were selected from a pool of 141 applicants to join us from August 5-16 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. SISE'ers are all offered free lodging with us on campus, and many are offered partial travel scholarships so they can attend the program with minimal financial impact to them. (And, there's no program fee!)

Participants were split evenly among male and female (49%/51%). 45% identified as a racial minority - including Asian, African, or mixed descent - and 5% identified as Latinx. Over 3/4 of the program was in their 20s, and 84% were still enrolled in school, primarily at the graduate level. They represented 37 different majors and came from 42 different academic institutions. Check out the stats below!

2013 SISE'ers deep in thought (or possibly Facebook'ing) during a lecture.

2013 SISE'ers deep in thought (or possibly Facebook'ing) during a lecture.


Academic Background

Aerospace Engineering
Biological Systems Engineering
Biophysical Chemistry
Biosystems Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Earth Systems Science and Engineering
Ecology and Environmental Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Energy & Earth Resources

Energy & Resources
Energy and Environmental Policy
Energy Systems Engineering
Environment Economy Development
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Environmental Sustainability
Global Sustainability
Landscape Architecture
Materials Science Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Natural Resources
Political Science
Public Policy
Sustainability Management
Sustainable Energy
Transportation and Urban Infrastructure
Urban and Regional Planning
Urban Planning and Policy
Urban Policy and Development
Urban Studies
Water Resources Engineering


Academic Affiliation

Arizona State University
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Eastern Illinois University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana University - Purdue
Lewis University
Michigan State University
Morgan State Univesity
Oberlin College

Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Purdue University
Tennessee Technological University
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
University of California at Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Florida
University of Florida

University of Georiga
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
University of Maine
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Florida
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
University of Texas at Austin
University of Wisconsin - Madison



The Program

The program this year focused on sustainable transportation, specifically the theme of mobility. For two weeks, SISE'ers zipped around the UIC campus and the city of Chicago to: 

  • engage with presentations and SISE faculty, drawn from awesome (primarily) Chicago-based speakers;
  • tour Argonne National Laboratory, Union Station, and The Plant;
  • network and socialize, as they did at the Clean Energy Trust sponsored networking evening and the annual closing convocation at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier; and
  • tackle real-world issues facing UIC, Chicago, and the world by developing unique visions through lcomprehensive, competitive, team-based research projects.




SISE 2013 Gallery




Project Results

On August 16, eight groups of SISE'ers provided eight unique visions to solve four different transportation related research projects focused on the Department of Defense, the community of Highland Park, hybrid cars for consumers, and sustainable distribution strategies. Each vision was developed over the two weeks with the help of mentors and the expertise of our 2013 SISE crew. Each project was presented before a panel of judges on the final day. 



What They Thought

At the conclusion of each SISE program, we take a couple hours and ask participants to assess the program through a written survey, and then in a "think tank" environment where our director, George Crabtree, moderates a group discussion about the program. We pride ourselves in taking the suggestions of our participants seriously and implementing changes annually, and SISE has become what it is now after seven years of comments and surveys. While we can't divulge most of the comments on the surveys, we can share two figures that we have seen time and time again: our participants found SISE to be a truly unique experience.

Is SISE unique?