The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti inspired a team of Princeton researchers to launch develop, deploy and test two novel disaster-relief technologies -- a rainwater harvester and filtration system, and a wind turbine for renewable energy production.
Architects for Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment have completed initial plans for laboratory, classroom and garden spaces that support the center's mission while creating an inviting new presence at the eastern edge of campus.
The complexity of today's problems – from financial markets to national security – demand more quantitative thinking and better assessments of risk, business leader John Drzik told attendees of the 10-year anniversary celebration of Princeton's Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
Researchers have demonstrated a method for identifying nitric oxide gas using lasers and sensors that are inexpensive, compact and highly sensitive, a portable device that could be of great value to atmospheric science, pollution control, biology and medicine.
The long-term energy sustainability of the United States will require an enduring commitment to developing, demonstrating and deploying new technologies and energy sources, according to a new report.
Biofuels derived from renewable sources can be produced in large quantities and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions if they are made from certain sources, according to an article co-authored by several Princeton researchers.
Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, a Princeton professor of civil and environmental engineering, will receive the 2009 William Bowie Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Geophysical Union.
Princeton scientists and energy industry representatives explored possible collaborations at a June 10 workshop aimed at turning fundamental research into technologies to address the energy challenges of the 21st century.
Kelly Caylor, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation to study water in Africa.
Robert Socolow, a Princeton professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Frank Kreith Energy Award for his pioneering contributions in energy research.
Princeton University will be home to a new $20 million energy research center for combustion science, as part of a federal initiative to spur discoveries that lay the groundwork for an economy based on clean replacements for fossil fuels.
Yi Ming, a researcher at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the nation's highest honor for researchers beginning their independent scientific careers.
For Trenton Franz, the one drawback to being a football star at the University of Wyoming -- he helped lead his team to its first bowl victory in 38 years -- was missing out on the chance to study abroad. His graduate work at Princeton has more than filled the gap.
Figure skating and fuel cells might seem an odd combination to some, but they're a good mix for Princeton chemical engineering major Sharon Goswami. In her sophomore year, Goswami received a Reiner G. Stoll Undergraduate Fellowship to support independent summer research on fuel cells in the lab of chemical engineering professor Jay Benziger.
Michael Konialian's independent work at the intersection of engineering and policy is excellent preparation for his post-Princeton plan -- a two-year placement in the State Department.
Jenny Spalding enrolled at Princeton in 1974 planning to major in English and go to medical school. Along the way, she thought she’d become a geologist. She finished as a geological engineer with a deep interest in energy and a lifelong fascination with the Middle East.
H. Vincent Poor, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, talks about the school's vision for future growth in the areas of energy and the environment, health, and security, and emphasizes the school's longtime tradition of intellectual freedom and exploration.
A group of Princeton engineering students is reimagining a 19th-century textile factory as a modern, energy-efficient headquarters for a Trenton nonprofit. Their goal: Save money; save the planet.
Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Trenton Franz created a video diary on his field research in Kenya as part of the Grand Challenges Program. Franz is a member of an interdisciplinary team working in the Laikipia-Samburu region of central Kenya to better understand the interplay of vegetation, climate, wildlife, livestock and humans on this remote section of the savanna. Video by Trenton Franz. Editing by Taofik Kolade.
Gerhard R. (Gerry) Andlinger, an alumnus and noted international business executive, has made a gift to Princeton University to accelerate research on effective and sustainable solutions to problems of energy and the environment. Princeton will use the gift, which will total $100 million, to create the Gerhard R. Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment within the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
As a venture capitalist, Paul Maeder recognizes that investing in new ideas can enable tremendous progress in the business arena. Now he's seeking to spur similar transformations in academia -- he and his wife, venture capitalist Gwill York, have given $1 million to establish the Paul A. Maeder '75 Fund for Innovation in Energy and the Environment at Princeton.
Princeton University launched a five-year, $1.75 billion fundraising campaign Nov. 9, including a goal of $325 million to support initiatives under the category of Engineering and a Sustainable Society. Among the day-long series of kick-off events, two panels of experts led vigorous discussions of major societal issues related to engineering: What is the future of the Internet and its role in society, and what are our prospects and responsibilities for dealing with global climate change?
A new report should spur public debate about how science and technology can best sustain the earth while furthering the goals of humanity, according to Robert Socolow, one of 18 maverick thinkers convened by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to map the greatest technological challenges of this century.
Princeton Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Fred Dryer has a lofty goal: end the nation's reliance on oil for jet travel.
The nation's energy future can be protected by the immediate implementation of techniques to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions, engineering professor Robert Socolow told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, Feb. 27.
David Myers has been appointed to serve on the Cleaner Fossil Fuels Committee of the World Energy Council, a London-based charity organization with member committees in more than 90 countries, including most of the largest energy-producing and energy-consuming countries.
Burning oil and coal, which are rich in carbon, releases the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Until alternative fuels become mainstream, one viable option to cut carbon emissions is to capture the gas and inject it into sediments deep underground, according to Princeton's Michael Celia *79, chair of civil and environmental engineering.
Practically every activity of every human being every day contributes to perhaps the most dramatic experiment ever conducted -- what happens to life on Earth if the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide gas triples?
Fuel cell batteries might power clean cars of the future, but for now they are found in niche applications such as spacecraft, where cost is no object. "We are trying to figure out how you could build fuel cells that operate more simply and are cheaper to produce so that they would be acceptable in a consumer market," said Princeton professor of chemical engineering Jay Benziger.
Nuclear fusion promises clean, unlimited energy, of the sort created by the sun. But making a practical reactor is difficult and expensive. In one approach, called inertial fusion, scientists bombard a tiny pellet of deuterium-tritium fuel with intense laser pulses to kick off the fusion reaction.
Since her arrival at Princeton, junior Ishani Sud has made a difference by thinking inside the box. Not just any box, but rather a solar-powered oven she designed her freshman year with classmate Lauren Wang, under the guidance of Wole Soboyejo, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.
The European Geosciences Union has chosen Princeton engineer Eric Wood to receive the 2007 John Dalton Medal.
The National Science Foundation has funded a multimillion-dollar Engineering Research Center based at Princeton University that is expected to revolutionize sensor technology, yielding devices that have a unique ability to detect minute amounts of chemicals found in the atmosphere, emitted from factories or exhaled in human breath.