The James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility puts Valparaiso University on the cutting edge of solar energy research – research conducted by both Valpo faculty and undergraduates.
At the heart of the research facility is a solar furnace. Only 5 research facilities in the United States have a solar furnace, and Valpo is the only undergraduate institute in the United States with one. The Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility provides Valpo undergraduates with extraordinary engineering and research experiences and exposes College of Engineering students to solar energy engineering.
This facility will enable research of critical importance to the world – using solar energy as a viable alternative energy source. Students will also learn about what is likely to be an important energy resource deep into the 21st Century: concentrated sunlight.
The research facility is named after James S. Markiewicz ’72, whose generosity made the Solar Energy Research Facility possible, along with funding from the United States Department of Energy. James founded Capital Engineering in 1984 and was the company’s president until it was sold in 2007. James favorite quote (paraphrasing Confucius) is appreciated by Valpo’s engineering students: “Choose something you love to do and you will never have to work another day in your life.”