Engineering

  • A small number of leaky natural gas wells produce large emissions of greenhouse gases

    Thursday, Aug 1, 2019
    by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

    Wells that extract natural gas from underground often leak large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the air. A team of Princeton University researchers has found that, in one of the biggest gas-producing regions, most of these emissions come from a tiny subset of the wells, a finding with major implications for how to control the problem. 

  • Ramaswami, researcher of urban sustainability, appointed inaugural director of Chadha Center for Global India

    Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019

    Anu Ramaswami, an interdisciplinary environmental engineer who is recognized as a pioneer and leader on the topic of sustainable urban systems, has been named professor of India studies, civil and environmental engineering, and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the inaugural director of the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India. She will assume her new duties at Princeton on Aug. 1.

    By Pooja Makhijani, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

  • Sociologist Matthew Salganik to lead Center for Information Technology Policy

    Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019

    Matthew Salganik, a professor of sociology who has pioneered uses of data and digital technologies in social research, has been appointed interim director of Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy.

    By the Office of Engineering and Communications 

    First posted on July 1, 2019 on the Princeton University Engineering website 

  • Small but mighty: A mini plasma-powered satellite under construction may launch a new era in space exploration

    Friday, Jul 26, 2019
    by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

    A tiny satellite under construction at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) could open new horizons in space exploration. Princeton University students are building the device, a cubic satellite or "CubeSat," as a testbed for a miniaturized rocket thruster with unique capabilities being developed at PPPL.

  • New Jersey universities to explore research collaborations and funding to make cities “smarter”

    Friday, Jul 26, 2019
    The corporate engagement offices of Princeton University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; New Jersey Institute of Technology; and Stevens Institute of Technology are leading the formation of a working group to explore federal and industry funding for “smart cities” research in New Jersey. Higher education institutions throughout the state will be eligible and invited to participate.
  • Innovative tiny laser has potential uses in drug quality control, medical diagnosis, airplane safety

    Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    In a major step toward developing portable scanners that can rapidly measure molecules on the pharmaceutical production line or classify tissue in patients’ skin, a Princeton-led team of researchers has created an imaging system that uses lasers small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.

    The team demonstrated the system’s resolution by using it to image a U.S. quarter. Fine details like the eagle’s wing feathers, as small as one-fifth of a millimeter wide, were clearly visible.

  • Strange warping geometry helps to push scientific boundaries

    Monday, Jul 15, 2019
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    Atomic interactions in everyday solids and liquids are so complex that some of these materials’ properties continue to elude physicists’ understanding. Solving the problems mathematically is beyond the capabilities of modern computers, so scientists at Princeton University have turned to an unusual branch of geometry instead.

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