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Rutgers Awarded: DOE ARPA-E grant for advancing "Computationally Efficient Atmospheric‐Data‐Driven Control Co‐Design Optimization Framework with Mixed‐Fidelity Fluid and Structure Analysis (ATLANTIS)"

REI members Ruo-Qian Roger Wang (Civil Engineering) and Travis Miles (Marine and Coastal Sciences), are a part of a multi-university team led by Onur Bilgen has been awarded a DOE ARPA-E grant for advancing "Computationally Efficient Atmospheric‐Data‐Driven Control Co‐Design Optimization Framework with Mixed‐Fidelity Fluid and Structure Analysis (ATLANTIS)"

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NASA Video: Technology Developed at Rutgers Could Enable Humans to Live on Mars

Today NASA posted its promotional video outlining its CO2 Challenge quest to enable Mars exploration by humans. Martians need food, and NASA believes the best way to get it is to make sugars from plentiful CO2 and water that is used to grow bacteria that make complex foods.

Rutgers start-up, RenewCO­2, is featured in NASA’s new video as a first prize seed winner to extend technology developed at Rutgers to enable making sugars from CO2 and water by electrolysis. Two of Rutgers employees from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, graduate student Karin Calvinho and research associate Anders Laursen, are featured in this video. 

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Rutgers Student Delegate for the Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE)

Representing Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in CABLE this year is Student Delegate, Preethy Thangaraj, and Faculty Mentor, Dr. Serpil Guran. They were among over 50 Student Delegates, Faculty Mentors, and Leadership Team members who attended the BIO World Congress 2019 conference in Des Moines. Now in its third year, CABLE is a nationwide organization of 20 universities focused on training students to pursue leadership positions in bioeconomy-related careers. The Ohio State University leads the program and oversees a $2.8 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA).

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NYT: Betting on a New Way to Make Concrete That Doesn’t Pollute

Richard Riman, a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rutgers School of Engineering and member of Rutgers Energy Institute, founded a technology that cuts carbon emissions of cement-making and concrete-solidification by up to 70%. The cement industry is the leading source of industrial CO2 emissions and accounts for about 7% of all anthropogenic CO2 emissions annually. Thus, a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions could reduce annual emissions by an amount approaching 3 gigatonnes per year. Solidia Technologies in Piscataway, NJ, understands that change is essential in the concrete-making process to diminish the environmental impacts along the supply chain.  Rutgers University and Solidia collaborated in the process for commercialization of the technology based on the core research of principal inventor Riman and contributions from Rutgers post-docs and co-inventors: Vahit Atakan, Surojit Gupta, and Qinghua Li.

The technology offers a promising solution for the cement industry’s mass GHG emissions problem and promotes an optimistic future for negative-emissions concrete materials. Read more about the energy-efficient technology and its applications by clicking HERE.

Frank Felder Speaks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

felderThe Geographical Sciences Committee (GSC) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, is a standing committee at the National Academies that provides scientific, technical, and policy advice and recommendations to society and to government at all levels using the methods of spatial analysis and representation. Rutgers Energy Institute director Frank Felder speaks at NASEM, offering insight on climate change, coastal flooding, and the electric power grid.  Frank Felder is a Rutgers research professor and director of the Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy and the Public Informatics program at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. 

View the presentation here.