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Nov. 7: Power outage recovery, smart meters discussed

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

chen-ching-liu-webPULLMAN, Wash. – The reliability and resilience of power distribution systems will be presented by Washington State University professor Chen-Ching Liu at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Goertzen Hall 21 as the free, public Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Lecture. » More …

Advising guides Polestar back to small-business success

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Bill Bailey, left, Kathy Miller and Patty Bailey.

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

RICHLAND, Wash. – What happens when your small company is acquired by a big company, but then it turns out that size matters and small is better? » More …

Venkatasubramanian named an IEEE fellow

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Venkatasubramanian-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Vaithianathan (Mani) Venkatasubramanian, professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  » More …

Grant funds ‘smart city’ power grid lab at WSU

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Liu-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies. » More …

Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Beyenal-and-EwingPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. » More …

Sept. 7-9: Power symposium highlights stability, security

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

power-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – As a longstanding leader in power engineering research, Washington State University will host the North American Power Symposium Sept. 7-9 in the Compton Union Building on the WSU Pullman campus. » More …

Students take top prizes at world power, energy conference

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

Biswas-80PULLMAN, Wash. – At the world’s largest power and energy exposition and conference recently, students from Washington State University won three of the top six poster awards. » More …

Energy workforce gaps addressed in post-recession study

CENTRALIA, Wash. – Electric utility employment in the Pacific Northwest exceeds 40,000 highly skilled workers and generates nearly $2.8 billion in annual payrolls, according to a new labor market study. On average, the region’s utility wages are 82 percent higher than the average for jobs across all industries. » More …

Undergrad researchers succeed with smart plug work

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Joey Taylor works on his summer undergraduate research project at WSU.

PULLMAN, Wash. – When Joey Taylor signed up to continue his research on smart plugs this summer, the plan was to spend most of his time programming and testing the device’s ability to transfer data over power lines.

 

As it often goes in research, however, he ended up spending about two months reverse engineering the plug he was given to test.
 
“Figuring out how the plug worked was … well … an event,” said Taylor, a junior in … » More …

Microbes generate electricity in Dana Hall outreach

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microbes generate electricityPULLMAN, Wash. – In a hallway in a building at the engineering end of campus, a string of small, red LED lights blink unobtrusively, powered by a bucket of muddy water.

 

Dedicated crews of microscopic bacteria in the mud generate electricity by doing what bacteria do best: eating.
 
“The microbes eat organic material and transfer electrons to an anode buried in the sediment,” said Timothy Ewing, the Ph.D. student who helped put together the microbial fuel cell powering the lights. “The … » More …