Developing sustainable energy sources and protecting the environment require a diversity of expertise, from science and technology to public policy and economics. Princeton engineers contribute particular strengths in materials science, nanotechnology, combustion science, water resources and environmental sensing. Beyond these areas, however, the school fosters collaboration between many fields, including the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. That is the aim of the new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment as well as the Siebel Energy Grand Challenge. Other key elements of these efforts are the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering Research Center on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment.
Energy and Environment Headlines
The Andlinger Center's Building Opening Celebration and Symposium May featured industry and government leaders outlining their visions for the future of energy and the environment, as well as the center's jointly appointed faculty highlighting their research in sustainable energy.
Princeton University is part of a partnership of eight universities that has received a six-year, $20 million federal grant to pursue broad approaches to improving the efficiency of production and use of fossil fuels, while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and harm to the environment.
A new method for controling instabilities in roiling masses of superhot particles promises to improve the performance of a key element in nuclear fusion, a potentially safe, clean and nearly limitless source of electric power.