A new initiative, Scialog: Negative Emissions Science has been created by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The initiative brings together 50 early-career scientists whose focus will be the challenge of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere and making the technologies for a global scale.
A few months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to change in ways we never have thought possible, and that included the shut down of our research labs. Research labs are the heart of our mechanical engineering work, they are where major breakthroughs happen, and where solutions to big world problems begin.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced its selection for the 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The award has been honoring achievements for 23 years and in that time has only presented it to fewer than two dozen academics.
Lightening the weight of the machines that move people by land, sea, and air is beneficial for many reasons, including improved fuel efficiency and the ability to carry higher payloads or added safety systems. A 10% reduction in the weight of a passenger car, for instance, leads to about a 6% improvement in fuel economy.
Mechanical engineers are perfectly positioned to lead efforts toward more sustainable energy, but they can’t do it alone. Margaret Wooldridge, Arthur F.
Miki Banu is a Research Associate Professor for U-M ME and has been with the department since 2013. Banu and her research have contributed to green technology and sustainable manufacturing, including a process to extract and use bamboo fibers to reinforce thermoplastic and thermoset composites, reducing carbon emissions. Banu is also a member of U-M's Global CO2 Initiative where she explore
The William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award was presented to Steve Skerlos, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Skerlos focuses on sustainable design and runs the Environmental and Sustainable Technologies Lab at U-M.