Because of increasing concerns about fossil fuel costs, supplies and emissions, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are more closely examining the commercial viability of renewable energy sources.
Kimberly Newman is a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her area of research is in biomedical engineering, where she focuses on biomedical monitoring, but she is also interested in renewable energy. She focuses on security issues related to the emerging smart grid, and recently she was instrumental in applying solar power technology to Denver Health Medical Center’s ambulance fleet. Read More
Sometimes the best way to understand what engineers do or to explore how technology works is to try your hand at it! IEEE has an exciting new game you can plan online where players design and race a solar car!
What will the houses of the future look like? If the Earth gets a say in it, they’ll look a lot like what engineers are working on today—sustainably built, sometimes self-reliant ecosystems that make the smallest environmental impact possible. Read More
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Many towns encourage residents to save used paper products which are then recycled. But, did you know that you can recycle paper yourself in your home? In large scale paper recycling, the first step can be the most challenging: encouraging people to gather used paper instead of throwing it out! Once it’s collected, the paper is shredded and soaked in water or special fluids to break it down into fibers. Read More