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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 utopian... 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

Mark Campbell Presenting at Research and Teaching Excellence Workshop

Professor Mark Campbell Plays Key Role in Research and Teaching Excellence Workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam

Mark Campbell, the John A. Mellows Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, Cornell University, presented on “Making [Research] Collaborations Work” in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 13. Part of the two-day Research and Teaching Excellence Workshop, Professor Campbell spoke on the importance of collaborative research and led an interactive team-based demonstration exercise. More than 120 faculty and PhD candidates representing 54 universities across Vietnam and the broader Southeast Asian region attended the event, which was sponsored by the Cornell... Read more

In the HI-Light solar thermal chemical reactor, waveguides glow as they transfer light into the reactor’s shell.

Erickson Lab undergrads in the HI-Light project receive “Bill Nye '77 Award in Undergrad Research” from Cornell Engineering

Tao Hong (MSE '19) and Tingwei Liu (MAE '19), two undergraduate research assistants working in the Erickson Lab, recently received the “Bill Nye '77 Award in Undergrad Research” through the Engineering Learning Initiatives at Cornell Engineering! Tao and Tingwei joined the Erickson lab in March 2019, and has since been working on the HI-Light project, under the guidance of Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, a Ph.D. candidate in the Erickson Lab. The title for their awarded proposal is “Engineering the Glass Waveguide Surface for Uniform Light Refraction inside An Optofluidic Photoreactor.” The project... Read more

'IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems' looking to solve emerging challenges in the control and estimation of complex, large-scale systems

Silvia Ferrari, the John Brancaccio Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been selected as a guest editor for an upcoming special issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. The issue will focus on control of very-large scale robotic networks, and is slated for March 2021 publication. Topics to be covered in the issue include, but are not limited to: Controllability and observability in PDE models of VLSR networks Optimality conditions for PDE and PDF-based control and estimation Efficient numerical and analytical solutions to large-scale control... Read more