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2023 Engineers Week



2023 Engineers Week

Colleen Josephson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering

Engineer deploys research on ‘mud batteries’ for powering sustainable agriculture

UC Santa Cruz

The UCSC farm hosts one of the first field research sites for studying the potential of microbial fuel cells.

Interdisciplinary team wins Small Farm prize in first-ever Farm Robotics Challenge


The Electrified Slug’s project focused on the development of the autonomous navigation software to allow the electric tractor to safely and efficiently weed plant lines on small, diversified organic farms, using the UCSC farm as a model for this problem.

Researchers at UC Davis have created small balls of edible fungi that can be processed into products like boba and lab-grown caviar. Pictured are biological and agricultural engineering doctoral student Lin Cao and project lead and Professor Ruihong Zhang, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. (Jael Mackendorf/UC Davis)

Farms to fungi to food: Growing the next generation of alternative protein

UC Davis

Using an innovative process, engineers at UC Davis are growing “myco-foods”—small balls of edible fungi that can be processed into products like boba and lab-grown caviar with a wide range of textures, colors and flavors, providing an important new source of protein to feed the world.

Students in the inaugural UC San Diego Sustainable Engineering and Design course spent an afternoon on Library Walk talking to passersby about what sustainability means to them.

New course expands sustainable practices to all engineering disciplines

UC San Diego

The goal of the course is to encourage future engineers to apply sustainable practices to any and all fields of work.

The char and activated carbon making process.

Turning plastic waste into a valuable soil additive

UC Riverside

UCR Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz and colleagues detailed a method to convert plastic waste into a highly porous form of charcoal, which could potentially be added to soil to improve soil water retention and aeration of farmlands. 

University of California, Irvine partners with SunPower, KB Home, the Department of Energy, Southern California Edison, and Schneider Electric in pioneering microgrid residential communities.

UCI launches first all-electric California microgrid project to test smart and resilient homes for the future

UC Irvine

An industry-academia collaborative project aims to develop, deploy, and test two microgrid communities located in the Shadow Mountain master plan in Menifee, California.

A solar heating system created by UC Merced alumni has the potential to be energy efficient and cheaper than traditional sources.

Solar projects yielding exciting potential for dairies, other industries

UC Merced

A company started by UC Merced founding faculty member Roland Winston and staffed by alumni is looking for partners for exciting solar projects—and the government could cover the costs.

Artist's concept illustration depicting soliton microcombs on silicon wafers. Illustration by Brian Long.

First commercially scalable integrated laser and microcomb on a single chip

UC Santa Barbara

Professor John Bowers’s lab is working on a collaborative project to develop an integrated on-chip semiconductor laser and resonator capable of producing a laser microcomb. (PDF)

UCLA's single-step carbon sequestration & storage concept

UCLA research project proposes removal of carbon dioxide from the ocean to help fight climate change


A team of researchers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering has developed something called single-step carbon sequestration and storage, or sCS2, that focuses on removing carbon from the ocean instead of the air.

Junpyo Kwon, a Ph.D. student researcher from the Xu Group at UC Berkeley

Print, recycle, repeat: Scientists demonstrate a biodegradable printed circuit

UC Berkeley

A UC Berkeley research team has developed a fully recyclable and biodegradable printed circuit, which could divert wearable devices and other flexible electronics from landfills and mitigate the health and environmental hazards posed by heavy metal waste.

UC Merced study collaborators held a demonstration of how biochar is created. Image by Juan Rodriguez.

Research reveals an easy way dairy farmers can dramatically reduce their climate impact

UC Merced

A recent study by UC Merced researchers shows that adding even a small amount of biochar—a charcoal-like material produced by burning organic matter—to a dairy’s manure-composting process reduces methane emissions by 84%.

Left to right: Guoyuan Wu, Jacqueline Garrido Escobar, Grace Johnson, Saswat Priyadarshi Nayak at the EcoCAR Launch workshop in Washington, D.C.

UC Riverside selected to participate in the EcoCAR EV Challenge

UC Riverside

UC Riverside has earned a spot as one of the 15 universities to participate in this prestigious competition.

Rajit Gadh, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA's Samueli School of Engineering, engineers power solutions by focusing on maximizing renewable energy storage and reducing our reliance on gas and oil.

STEAM: Meet Dr. Rajit Gadh, a green energy futurist


Rajit Gadh, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA’s Samueli School of Engineering, is engineering power solutions by focusing on maximizing renewable energy storage and reducing our reliance on gas and oil.

Professor Igor Mezić's algorithms have wide-ranging application, from energy efficiency to environmental protection.

Algorithms for sustainability

UC Santa Barbara

Mechanical Engineering Professor Igor Mezić develops algorithms that are embedded in software that drives a building’s capacity to be smart and informs human managers what is needed for it to run at optimal efficiency.

Bamboo reeds woven together by UC Davis research engineer Shuhao Wan may offer a resilient, compostable alternative to fiberglass shells for wind turbine blades. (Courtesy of Valeria La Saponara)

This project is mushrooming

UC Davis

UC Davis Professor Valeria La Saponara is developing compostable, ecologically sound wind turbine blades from bamboo and mycelium, the fungal root-like system that bears mushrooms.

M.J. Abdolhosseini Qomi (left) and Russ Detwiler, both associate professors of civil and environmental engineering at UCI, are frequent collaborators in studies examining ground carbon mineralization. Through simulations, experimentation and theory, they are working to solve problems in CO2 sequestration, thought to be a powerful tool in mitigating climate change. Steve Zylius / UCI

UCI, national laboratory scientists probe carbon sequestration at the molecular level

UC Irvine

Researchers at UCI and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have conducted a detailed examination of the chemical processes involved in converting CO2 gas into a solid that could be buried beneath Earth’s surface, where it would remain indefinitely instead of leaking back out into the atmosphere.

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA

Innovative climate resilience projects supported by 2022 CITRIS Campus Seed Funding awards

UC Santa Cruz

One of the projects, led by Nobuhiko Kobayashi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is using an innovative electrolysis technique to generate green hydrogen—a form of renewable energy—from seawater, without generating byproducts that damage coastal environments and marine ecosystems.