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Upcoming Seminars

February 10, 2014
Benjamin F. Hobbs, Johns Hopkins University
Modeling electricity markets & policy with optimization: why it’s important (and fun as well)

March 10, 2014
Richard Sayre, New Mexico Consortium
Biofuels feedstocks

April 28, 2014
David Perreault, MIT
Power circuits and control

May 12, 2014
Christine Shoemaker, Cornell University
Carbon sequestration

All seminars held at 4:30 pm
Computer Science 104

Message from the Director

As the spring term begins and students return from break, the Andlinger Center’s goal of fostering interdisciplinary research and teaching continues. New courses listed under an energy subject code (ENE) provide opportunities to students both within and outside the School of Engineering and Applied Science. These cross-listed courses incorporate not only science and technology, but also the social sciences and humanities. Other initiatives, such as a call for research proposals offered jointly with the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), encourage faculty to pursue new avenues of research, work with partners from different disciplines, and ultimately enhance the student experience.

Collaboration with industry and government provides a unique opportunity for teacher-student-practitioner interactions, as was demonstrated last November at the second annual meeting of the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership (more information follows). A remarkable group of industry, government, and academic leaders gathered on campus to explore solutions to problems of energy and the environment. As one attendee remarked, “the faculty who presented are working on really interesting problems with an excitement that is palpable.”

At the Andlinger Center, we share in that excitement. Each of these activities, and others you will read about below, speaks to our efforts to cultivate a vibrant intellectual community and encourage discourse among our faculty, students, and industry leaders. These connections enable us to address the complexities of energy technologies and their effects on the environment, while providing our students with the tools necessary to become the next generation of global leaders.
─ Emily A. Carter
Founding Director

Opportunities and funding aim to catalyze new research, support partnerships

The Andlinger Center and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) are pleased to announce a joint call for proposals. The goal of this funding is to encourage research, teaching, and mentorship that will advance the world’s understanding of important problems in energy and the environment, encourage faculty development, increase Princeton’s institutional capabilities, and enhance the undergraduate experience. Several awards will be made at levels up to $100,000 per year for up to two years. The deadline for written proposals is March 1.

Undergraduates are invited to apply for paid summer internships. Funding will be provided for research projects, particularly field work and laboratory research, performed under the auspices of faculty doing research in areas related to energy and the environment. Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from all disciplines are eligible to apply. The awardees will receive a $4,000 stipend for eight weeks of summer research and up to $4,000 for research related expenses. Applications may be submitted through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE); the priority deadline for applications is February 24 and the final deadline is March 10.

The Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership has granted over $300,000 to three teams of researchers comprised of Princeton faculty and industry colleagues. Teams led by Warren Powell, Claire White, and Amy Craft will leverage the experiences of their industrial partners to pursue the development of solutions that can sustainably address a range of energy needs.

Conference links business, academic leaders seeking energy solutions

Business leaders and Princeton University scientists gathered for a daylong meeting on November 15, 2013 to explore solutions to problems of energy and the environment, including adapting to climate change, evolving the electricity grid, and enabling greener construction. It was the second annual meeting of the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, a University-wide initiative to link executives and technical staff from a wide range of businesses with leaders in academic research to accelerate the pace of innovation in energy and the environment. The meeting included a series of talks, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.

New cross-listed courses open to students across departments and disciplines

Several new cross-listed courses are offered this Spring semester. Forrest Meggers, Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, is teaching ENE 202/ARC 208/ EGR 208/ENV 206 Designing Sustainable Systems - Applying the Science of Sustainability to Address Global Change. Barry Rand, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, is teaching ELE 557/ENE 557 Solar Cells: Physics, Materials, and Technology. Michael Schwartz, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment, is teaching ENE 587/WWS 586H Managing the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: Renewable Power in the U.S., and CEE 304/ENE 304/ENV 300 Environmental Implications of Energy Technologies.

State-of-the-art equipment purchased for central facilities

A new state-of-the art instrument was recently acquired by the Andlinger Center and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM). The Leica Dual Core 3D optical surface metrology system (pictured left) provides non-destructive analysis of micro and nanostructures present on a variety of surfaces. It is located in the Imaging & Analysis Center in Bowen Hall, and will soon be available to qualified users in the Princeton research community.

Faculty profile: Claire White

Claire White (pictured right) was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center in August 2013. Prior to joining Princeton, she held a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she helped to advance the understanding of sustainable cementitious materials. Recently, she received $150,000 in funding from the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership (PEP) for her project Controlling Microcracking in Low Embodied Energy Concrete. She and her colleagues Satish Myneni, an associate professor of geosciences, and Jeffrey Fitts, a research scholar in civil and environmental engineering, will investigate the behavior of slag-based geopolymer concrete. Read the full article here.
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