Millions of people die each year as a result of soot or smoke inhalation from these wood-burning cookstoves. A team of students from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and MIT D-Lab are helping a start-up in Uganda manufacture charcoal briquettes that produce a cleaner burn, minimizing these health risks.
A new transparent material developed by Professors Evelyn Wang and Gang Chen lets sunlight pass through easily but blocks solar heat from escaping. The material could be used for home heating or for industrial processes.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.