Environment

Engineering the spark that starts the wildfire

High-speed video of spot fire ignition

2/11/2015 National Science Foundation - Hot metal fragments cast off by power lines, overheated brakes or other common sources can ignite a blaze if they land on the right fuel source. Now Berkeley mechanical engineers, supported by the NSF, are learning what ingredients and conditions cause this type of spot fire ignition.

Beyond clean water: A development engineer profile

Water treatment station in South Asia

1/13/2015 Blum Center - Listening to a dry academic lecture on flood prediction while monsoons flooded a fifth of Pakistan sparked a humanitarian drive in Syed Imran Ali, now a Blum Center postdoc pursuing his vision of safe water delivery through development engineering.

Air pollution down thanks to California’s regulation of diesel trucks

Heavy truck entering the Caldecott Tunnel

12/11/2014 Berkeley Lab - Detailed measurement of emissions from thousands of heavy trucks in the Bay Area by Berkeley Lab air quality scientists, led by adjunct professor Thomas Kirchstetter and professor Rob Harley, both of civil and environmental engineering, showed a dramatic reduction in pollutants in the wake of aggressive new regulations implemented by the California Air Resources Board.

Cookstove case study

Thumbnail of video: Cookstove case study

11/7/2014 - Students in the new development engineering class make lunch on cookstoves.

Supercharging more electric cars risks crashing the grid

Electric car recharging station

11/4/2014 California magazine - U.S. electrical grids might not be ready for the new wave of electric vehicles expected within the decade. But the Smart Cities Research Center in civil and environmental engineering is working on data-driven ways to prevent a grid meltdown.

New tool for clean energy action: “SWITCH”

Dan Kammen presenting SWITCH at Copenhagen sustainability conference

10/28/2014 CleanTechnica - A new policymaking tool to better enable the shift to renewable energy has been developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, led by Dan Kammen, Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy.

ME alumna Tami Bond receives MacArthur ‘genius grant’

Tami Bond in the lab

9/19/2014 Daily Californian - Tami Bond (M.S.'95 ME), a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was named a MacArthur Fellow on Wednesday for her research on the effects of black carbon emission and atmospheric pollution on global climate and human health.

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems

Yashraj Khaitan, left, and Jacob Dickinson, co-founders of Gram Power, stand next to several solar panels in India

9/17/2014 Los Angeles Times - Seeking entrepreneurial solutions to poverty, the US Agency for International Development has bet a million dollars on Gram Power, the brainchild of two Berkeley Engineering grads who aim to bring electricity to rural India while slowing climate change at the same time.

UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University launch research and graduate education partnership

Tsinghua University's graduate school campus at Shenzhen

9/6/2014 - UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University have signed an agreement to establish a joint institute in the city of Shenzhen in South China to promote research collaboration and graduate student education. First areas of focus for the institute will be nanotechnology and nanomedicine, low-carbon and new energy technologies, and data science and next-generation Internet.

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