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Bone inspired material being tested for durability

Bone breakthrough may lead to more durable airplane wings

By: David Nutt

Associate Professor Christopher Hernandez and his team have made a breakthrough discovery about how the internal structure of bone can be strengthened to withstand repeated wear and tear. This finding could help treat osteoporosis patients and could also lead to the creation of more durable and lightweight materials for the aerospace industry. Read more

Virginia McAuley

Staff in MAE recognized as Person of the Month by DPE

Virginia McAuley, Executive Assistant to the Director of MAE, was chosen to be recognized as the Person of the Month for November 2019 by Diversity Programs in Engineering! This recognition comes as a result of outstanding leadership, participation in DPE-related initiatives, the achievement of excellence, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity efforts. Read more

Faculty receive major grant from the Department of Energy Office of Science

Professors Sara C Pryor (EAS) and Rebecca J Barthelmie (MAE) are partners on a new major grant from the Department of Energy Office of Science "An integrated evaluation of the simulated hydroclimate system of the continental US" administered by the University of California, Davis. The focus of the project is to advance our understanding of processes at the climate-water-energy-land-decision interface while fundamentally improving our ability to perform credible climate modeling of particular regions. "We are at a critical juncture where major innovations in numerical modeling on high... Read more

Researchers look to trees to help ease highway air pollution

By: Molly Samuel

Professor Max Zhang commented on research being conducted by Christina Fuller in Atlanta. Fuller is studying what kinds of trees are best at filtering ultrafine particles. Professor Max Zhang is studying using trees as pollution barriers in Detroit, Oakland, and Louisville. Read more about Professor Zhang's research . Read more

Elvis Cao and Xu Liu at BP Advancing Energy Scholars

Two Cornell Engineers Named “BP Advancing Energy Scholars” Attended the One Young World Summit

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao (MAE) of the Erickson Group and Xu Liu (MSE) of the Shepherd Group , were recently named BP Advancing Energy Scholars. Thirty exceptional individuals in the energy sector were chosen by BP plc from a competitive pool of over 2,500 applicants around the globe to attend the One Young World Summit 2019 in London. See related coverage here . One Young World is a UK-based not-for-profit organization that gathers young leaders from around the world to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. One Young World is considered as “a firecracker of optimism – almost... Read more

Sadaf at Global Ethanol Summit

Sadaf Sobhani, visiting professor in the Sibley School, attended Global Ethanol Summit

Sadaf Sobhani, visiting professor in the Sibley School, detailed the science of ethanol-blended fuels to a group of industry and government officials from 60 countries at the Global Ethanol Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 13-15. About 350 officials from around the world gathered at the summit, hosted by the U.S. Grains Council, to learn about changing biofuels policies and the potential for expanded global ethanol use. For the past decade, ethanol has been the fastest-growing U.S. agricultural export, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and organizers sought to highlight the... Read more

Shivem Shah

Building Organoids to Combat Cancer

By: Evaniya Shakya

Shivem Shah is part of the Immunotherapy and Cell Engineering Laboratory (ICEL) led by Ankur Singh, Associate Professor in the Sibley School and the Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering. Read this incredible article about building organoids to combat cancer. Read more

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Air quality benefits from electric vehicles could save thousands of lives

By: Eric Laine

“I always associated that smell with winter since childhood,” he said, “but I never really asked myself – what is it? Later I came to realize it was basically sulfur dioxide.” Zhang explained that coal-burning power plants surge in winter to meet the demand for heat in homes and businesses. “You just take [the smell] as given: this is winter,” he said. Air quality and associated health impacts have been a major concern in China over recent decades. Much of the air pollution comes from large-scale coal burning, but increasingly and especially in the largest urban areas, internal combustion... Read more