Under the agreement:
“At MIT, we find that working closely with industry alerts us to real-world problems and opportunities for progress,” said MIT President Rafael Reif. “There is simply no better way to ensure that our research has an impact in the world,” he continued. “That concept is at the heart of our long and successful relationship with ExxonMobil.
MITEI “is a great example of a university-industry collaboration that is searching for technological solutions to the world’s current and future energy challenges. Access to reliable and abundant sources of energy is and will continue to be essential for societal progress,” said TJ Wojnar Jr., president of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE).
Wojnar added that under the agreement ExxonMobil is looking to better understand potential breakthroughs outside of its core expertise and “push the envelope in exploring innovations.” He said, “We are laying the groundwork for new innovations that can deliver efficient, scalable and responsible ways to bring affordable energy to global markets.”
That $25 million is slated to go a long way to push the envelope on innovation and explore the “future of energy.” MITEI welcomed ExxonMobil as a founding member during a signing ceremony on October 31. On the same day the oil giant announced preliminary third quarter results in which it reported earnings of nearly $8.1 billion and almost $26 billion for the first nine months of 2014. It’s pretty obvious where Exxon’s vision of the energy future really lies. Just sayin’
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