Energy and Climate
The Department is deeply involved in a University-wide Carbon Mitigation Initiative, an interdepartmental program studying the challenge of reducing the rate of global emissions of carbon dioxide. An MAE faculty member is the co-director of the program, and several graduate students are also involved with this problem. Work based in mechanical engineering addresses the modifications to power plants and synthetic fuels plants that are necessary to capture CO2, alternative fuels with lower carbon content for mobile and stationary applications, and wind and biomass energy conversion.
Across the University, other programs investigate the science of the global carbon cycle, the integrity of CO2 storage in deep saline aquifers, and climate change policy.