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High-efficiency building bloopers revealed through occupant studies

By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

air vent with cover over itPULLMAN, Wash. – Many researchers know that new high-efficiency buildings don’t typically get used as intended. The numbers don’t add up, and occupants can easily waste energy if they do not understand how to use the building. » More …

Efficient walls made from trash showcased at expo

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

PULLMAN, Wash. – Energy-saving walls made from trash will be viewed by as many as 30,000 people next month in Washington, D.C., where Washington State University students will present their TrashWall project at the National Sustainable Design Expo. » More …

Industrial companies earn state energy efficiency awards

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for outstanding leadership in improved energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia. » More …

Missing ingredient in energy-efficient buildings: People

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Julia-Day-80PULLMAN, Wash. – More than one-third of new commercial building space includes energy-saving features, but without training or an operator’s manual many occupants are in the dark about how to use them. » More …

Rock Doc: A better way to shine light in a dark world

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Years ago I purchased a headlamp – a small flashlight that straps around your head to light your way. It’s useful because it leaves both your hands free as you work or walk. I used my headlamp during the dark half of the year to exercise my dog in pastures and an undeveloped No Man’s Land on a steep hill near my house. » More …

Norbert Kruse joins WSU as Voiland distinguished professor

KrusePULLMAN, Wash. – Norbert Kruse, an internationally known researcher in the area of catalysis, has joined the Washington State University faculty as Voiland distinguished professor.

In 2008, Gene and Linda Voiland made a significant gift to the School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, which was subsequently named in their honor. The gift has allowed the school to advance research and scholarship and to hire faculty in the area of new energy conversion technology.

Improving the efficiency of catalysts, which are used in many industries to chemically transform and create products and fuel, is an important factor in increasing supplies, … » More …

Kids learn physics, energy efficiency basics

Project SOS

 

Children learn some basic concepts of physics by using exhibits designed
to also teach home energy efficiency. (Photo by Kathleen Ryan, WSU)

 

PULLMAN, Wash. – An innovative collaborative project is teaching young people the basics of physics. Using simple models, an interdisciplinary team is simultaneously opening doors to more sustainable, energy-efficient homes.

Project SOS – the Science of Sustainability – is funded by a National Science Foundation grant to teach middle school students from local communities about the physics of energy transfer in their own homes.

The goals of the two-year project are … » More …

Topics: Diversity; Grant; Energy

Faculty diversity award deadline Dec. 14
Nominations and applications for WSU’s inaugural Faculty Diversity Award are due Dec. 14. The award was created by the provost and the Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity to recognize faculty achievement in teaching, research and service as it relates to advancing the understanding of underrepresented groups.

The winner will be recognized at the Martin Luther King, Jr. convocation on Jan. 19.

For criteria and to nominate someone or apply for the award yourself, visit ONLINE @ www.thedivision.wsu.edu.

Grant helps prepare work-ready engineers
Helping to better prepare students for 21st century engineering, Denny Davis, … » More …