The Energy area focuses on technologies for efficient and clean energy conversion and utilization, aiming to meet the challenge of rising energy demands and prices, while simultaneously addressing the concomitant environmental impact.
Research Includes: Engines, transportation, combustion, and control; solar energy and photovoltaics; transport phenomena and water desalination; carbon dioxide capture and hydrogen research; electrochemical energy storage and conversion; and energy conservation.
Associate Professor Cullen Buie researches a novel method to quickly sort and identify the various strains of bacteria.
“Solar vapor generator” uses low-tech materials to capture ambient sunlight and concentrate it as heat. The heat is then directed toward the pores of a sponge producing steam.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.