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.
As overpopulation and lack of rainfall fuel a crisis-level need in rural India for affordable drinking water, PhD candidate Natasha Wright and Assistant Professor Amos Winter work to design a low-cost desalination system, guided by insight from their extensive in-the-field research.
Associate Professor Cullen Buie has developed a microfluidic process that identifies electricity-producing bacteria. The technique could be used in power generation or environmental cleanup.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.