ENGINEERS WEEK 2023
UC Santa Cruz
The UCSC farm hosts one of the first field research sites for studying the potential of microbial fuel cells.
How graduate student Mathews Tisatayane achieved his dream of bringing sustainable development to his hometown
Mathews Tisatayane is using development engineering to provide his fellow Malawians clean energy and an opportunity to free themselves from economic hardship.
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.
UC San Diego
The goal of the course is to encourage future engineers to apply sustainable practices to any and all fields of work.
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.
UCI launches first all-electric California microgrid project to test smart and resilient homes for the future
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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%.
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, is engineering power solutions by focusing on maximizing renewable energy storage and reducing our reliance on gas and oil.
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.
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.
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.
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.