Environment

ME student team wins cleantech prize

2/25/2016 - Students in mechanical engineering professor Hayden Taylor's group have won the $100,000 grand prize in the Berkeley Cleantech University Prize competition for their development of an omniphobic coating that can boost air conditioner efficiency.

The road to sustainability

CNBC's James Wright and CEE professor Arpad Horvath at Sather Gate

1/27/2016 CNBC - In a new video series on sustainable energy, civil and environmental engineering professor Arpad Horvath compares the environmental footprints of emerging transportation technologies, from biofuels and high-speed rail to maritime shipping and aviation.

Filtering water with graphene

Baoxia Mi at work in her new Davis Hall lab

1/15/2016 - CEE professor Baoxia Mi is developing a more efficient water filtration membrane constructed from graphene oxide, a carbon-based material that’s made from naturally-occurring graphite, the same material found in pencils.

Building an organ in the marsh

Environmental engineering Ph.D. student, Madeline Foster-Martinez.

12/16/2015 - A Louisiana native and environmental engineering Ph.D. student, Madeline Foster-Martinez is studying the fluid dynamics of a local marsh to better understand tidal wetland restoration.

Making furniture from fungi

Mushroom-based stools

12/15/2015 Scientific American - For three years, doctoral mechanical engineering student Sonia Travaglini has been studying inventor Phil Ross's mushroom composite as a sustainable alternative to wood, plastic and other materials.

Filtering the e-waste stream

Discarded circuit boards ready for processing

11/16/2015 - Alumnus Glen Langstaff (B.S.’77 ME/NE) wants to use new technology to make disposing of old technology cheaper and more efficient. Here’s how:

Celebrating World Toilet Day, reinventing sanitation

Thumbnail of video: Berkeley student turns urine into fertilizer to feed the world

11/16/2015 - United Nations World Toilet Day on Nov. 19 is environmental engineering doctoral student William Tarpeh’s main chance — a time to proselytize about all things sanitation. For mechanical engineering grad student Emily Woods, it's a boost for Sanivation, the company she co-founded to convert human feces into charcoal for a poor community in Kenya.

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