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Upcoming Highlight Seminars

September 21, 2015
Eli Yablonovitch
UC-Berkeley

October 26, 2015
Eric Oelkers
University College London

November 16, 2015
William W. Braham
University of Pennsylvania

December 7, 2015
Pamela Silver
Harvard Medical School

February 22, 2016
Venkat Srinivasan
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

March 21, 2016
Ned R. Sauthoff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory


April 25, 2016
James C. Liao
UCLA

Message from the Director

Dear Friends,

It has been more than three years since excavation of the Andlinger Center building site began and now the construction is approaching completion. Over the past months we have worked with many partners both on and off campus to prepare the building for occupancy. Highly specialized laboratory tools are being purchased for central facilities, teams of faculty and staff are planning the use of research and teaching spaces, and the administrative staff is preparing to move into new offices. Formal opening events are being planned for the spring of 2016.
 
The building is designed to meet LEED Silver standards and will employ many sustainable elements: heat-recovery systems for air handling units, radiant panel heating systems, energy-efficient lighting, daylight harvesting, green roofs, and recycled rainwater. In addition to being functional and sustainable, it will also be beautiful. Interior walls will be accented with felt printed with designs abstracted from famous scientists’ laboratory notebook sketches (think Albert Einstein and Marie Curie), and skylights will provide natural light. Outside the building, multi-leveled gardens, courtyards, and a 19-foot tall copper sculpture by internationally-acclaimed artist Ursula von Rydingsvard will act as a beacon to welcome visitors. I can’t wait to share this amazing facility with the entire Princeton community and our colleagues around the world.
 
Another exciting development coming this summer is the transfer of the Energy Systems Analysis Group from the Princeton Environmental Institute to the Andlinger Center. The group members’ expertise in science- and engineering-based systems analysis will complement the work of our faculty and facilitate collaboration. More about the group can be read in the article below.
 
All are welcome to visit the new building when it is complete, whether it is to attend a Highlight Seminar or just to explore. I hope to see you there.

─ Emily A. Carter
Founding Director

Energy Systems Analysis Group to join the Andlinger Center

We are pleased to announce that Princeton's Energy Systems Analysis Group (ESAG) will be based in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment effective July 1, 2015. Currently residing within the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), ESAG focuses on systems-level engineering and policy analysis for long-term solutions to major environmental and other societal problems associated with energy conversion and use. Read more here.

Fellowship and internships awarded

Wenkai Liang, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been awarded the Maeder Graduate Fellowship in Energy and the Environment for the academic year 2015-2016. Mr. Liang is a member of Professor Chung Law’s research group, and will focus his studies on fuel combustion. In particular, he will analyze the explosion limits of hydrogen-oxygen mixtures.

Six undergraduates will conduct research on diverse topics related to energy and the environment this summer through the Andlinger Center’s annual internship program. These rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors will work under faculty advisors in several engineering departments, the chemistry department, and the school of architecture.

Program in Sustainable Energy Moves to the Andlinger Center

Beginning September 1, 2015, the Program in Sustainable Energy will be managed by the Andlinger Center. This undergraduate program allows students to explore innovative energy systems and technologies, energy resources, and their impacts on climate and environment.

Faculty spotlight: José Avalos

José Avalos is an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, jointly appointed with the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. His interests lie in the use of biotechnology to address important issues in sustainable energy, the environment, industry, and human health. Avalos’ research focuses specifically on synthetic biology and metabolic engineering for the production of biofuels and bio-derived chemicals. Read more here..
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