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CT Community College Students Experience First-hand Opportunities in STEM Research at UConn

May 21, 2024 | Jordan Baker, Center for Clean Energy Engineering What drives innovations? Who can be an innovator? These were some of the key questions asked during an outreach event in March when- forty students and faculty from CT State Community Colleges visited with the Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2). The group, which […]

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UConn Engineering Faculty Member Accepts Two New Positions with UConn and the USDA

May 15, 2024 | Jordan Baker, Center for Clean Energy Engineering Professor Ioulia Valla, within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), has recently accepted two positions.  One with UConn and the other with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Valla, who is a […]

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Center for Clean Energy Engineering Welcomes New Faculty Member Desen Ozkan

May 3, 2024 | Jordan Baker, Center for Clean Energy Engineering One of UConn and the College of Engineering’s newest faculty is now joining the Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2). Prof. Desen Ozkan, who joined the University back in Fall 2023 in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department, will also be joining C2E2 and […]

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McCutcheon Uses Membrane Technologies to Engineer a Cleaner Future

During graduate school, Jeffrey McCutcheon aspired to filter his area of expertise within the field of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Under the mentorship of Professor Menachem Elimelech at Yale, McCutcheon explored an emerging technology that uses membranes to clean salt, debris, and toxins from water. “It was there that I gained a love for membrane science and […]

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DOE Grants Fund Collaborative Clean Energy Projects

UConn is a partner in three important projects with industry that have been selected to receive significant federal funding as the Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to advance hydrogen energy technology. In March, the DOE announced $750 million in funding for 52 projects nationwide, many of them pairing university research with industrial production. The funding […]

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Jasna Jankovic named 2024 Distinguished Engineering Educator Jansna Jankovic - photo

Jasna Jankovic, Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), has been recognized by the UConn College of Engineering as a winner of the 2024 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award. The DEE award is bestowed yearly on select engineering faculty for outstanding teaching and innovation at the undergraduate level. Jankovic has been with UConn since 2018 […]

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UConn Sustainability Action Plan Taking Wide-Ranging Approach to ‘Green’ Future

UConn has established a detailed plan to measure progress and achieve a wide range of sustainability goals, a commitment that President Radenka Maric describes as foundational to the University’s core values and mission. The UConn Sustainability Action Plan delineates specific actions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030; conserve resources; integrate sustainability across UConn’s academic and […]

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Graduate Students Share Research, Network with Peers at UConn’s Sustainability Summit

Thirty graduate students shared their ongoing research during the inaugural Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2) Graduate Student Research Summit in Sustainability. The summit, held Feb. 16 and 17 at the Innovation Partnership Building (IPB), showcased the work of students from multiple disciplines in engineering. Graduate students Alanna Gado and Leila Chebbo organized and led the […]

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UConn Students and Faculty Recognized by Nature Communications as Top 25 Health Sciences Articles of 2023

April 2, 2024 | Jordan Baker, Center for Clean Energy Engineering UConn Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student had her paper, “Injectable and Biodegradable Piezoelectric Hydrogel for Osteoarthritis Treatment” listed as one of Nature Communication’s Top 25 Health Sciences Articles of 2023. Tra Vinikoor, who is a graduate student within\ the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well […]

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Gift of Fuel Cell Units Enhances UConn’s Clean Energy Commitment

The Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2) is set to receive a significant gift that will contribute to UConn’s goal of carbon neutrality. InfraPrime – an international company that empowers its clients to reach carbon neutrality goals, and eventually carbon negativity – is donating eight solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) units to UConn. The units […]

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UConn Awarded $4.5M DOE Grant to Benefit Grid Reliability for Transmission and Distribution Systems

A project spearheaded by the University of Connecticut will help power grid operators nationwide revolutionize how renewable energy sources are integrated into the electrical grid. On March 19, the Department of Energy awarded Lead Principal Investigator, Associate Director of the Eversource Energy Center and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Zongjie Wang with a $4.5 million grant ($3,340,168 […]

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“You Are Who You Believe You Are”; UConn’s Women in STEM are Creating Visibility for Younger Generations

February 7, 2024 | Olivia Ortegon and Jordan Baker, Center for Clean Energy Engineering It is no secret that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, (STEM) is usually looked at as a male dominated field mostly due to the stereotypes and prejudice placed on gender in the field. History often showcases how men strive in the […]

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Matheou’s Art, Inspired by Fluid Dynamics, on Display at National Academy of Sciences

Clouds strongly interact with solar radiation and as a result small changes in cloud cover have big impact on the Earth’s surface temperature. Currently, the effects of clouds are one of the largest sources of uncertainty in climate projections. Recent computer technology, however, is enabling scientists and engineers to create cloud simulations in controlled environments. […]

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Plug Power VP Inspires Engineering Students and Faculty with Talk on Decision Making in Corporate Research

January 13, 2024 | Jordan Baker, Center for Clean Energy Engineering On Friday February 2nd, Dr. Cortney Mittelsteadt presented a talk to UConn engineering students and faculty within the Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2). Mittelsteadt who worked with Giner Inc, and later became CEO before becoming the Vice President of Electrolyzer Technology for Plug […]

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UConn Graduate Student Awarded 2023 NASA CT Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship

January 10, 2024 | Jordan Baker, Center for Clean Energy Engineering Graduate student, Alanna Gado, has recently been awarded the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship. Gado, who is a graduate research assistant within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, as well as a member of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering […]

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UConn Adopts Ambitious 10-Year Strategic Plan

UConn has launched the steps to implement a far-reaching 10-year strategic plan built on the pillars of promoting holistic student success, expanding the University’s research impact, and using its strengths to help Connecticut thrive. The new plan, which goes into effect next year and covers the period through 2034, includes six initiatives to support those […]

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UConn Earns High Marks in Global Sustainable University Ratings

UConn was ranked as the 9th most sustainable university in the world by UI GreenMetric, an international sustainability scoring system that reviews over a thousand educational institutions. GreenMetric ranks higher education institutions based on six categories: settings and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and education and research. There are 1,050 universities from 85 […]

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Research Team Develops Hybrid Propulsion Commercial Electric Aircraft plane

Building a more sustainable future for our university, our nation, and the world is the great challenge of our lifetime

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UConn’s Growing Research Strength Reflected in HERD Survey Rankings

UConn’s rankings have leapt in the National Science Foundation (NSF) survey that measures colleges and universities according to their expenditures in research and development. NSF’s Center for Science and Engineering Statistics surveyed more than 900 schools across the country that spent more than $150,000 in research expenditures during the 2022 fiscal year. The data are […]

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Microalgae for Poultry Nutrition: UConn Researchers Receive NSF Future Manufacturing Grant

Ateam of UConn researchers is developing a natural alternative to produce an essential amino acid used in poultry feed with support from a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Future Manufacturing initiative. The team is led by Mingyu Qiao, assistant professor of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health […]

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Chih-Jen (Jackie) Sung receives the 2024 AIAA Energy Systems Award

Prof. Jackie Sung was awarded the 2024 AIAA Energy Systems Award for his significant contribution in the broad field of energy systems, and specifically for his outstanding contributions to flame dynamics and low-temperature chemistry for developing fuel-flexible, ultra-low emission, efficient combustion energy systems using conventional and alternative fuels. He will be recognized during the 2024 AIAA SCITECH […]

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UConn Students to University: Divest From Fossil Fuels. ‘Climate Change is Here.’

  After obtaining more than 1,000 online signatures of support within two weeks, a group of students at the University of Connecticut pleaded with university officials to commit to a plan for divesting from fossil fuels and work toward decarbonizing the campus. “Our continued dependence on fossil fuels for our energy needs …  directly undermines our human […]

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Action-oriented Symposium Connects Researchers to Encourage Collaboration for a Sustainable Environmental Future

Climate change is the biggest challenge humans have faced, and complex issues require collaboration and diverse solutions now. To foster the partnerships and action needed for a sustainable future, UConn researchers convened to share their expertise in the Securing a Sustainable Environmental Future Symposium in October. Ashley Helton,  symposium co-lead organizer, deputy director of the Institute of the […]

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Gel Repairs Cartilage Without Surgery, With Electricity

A lifetime of activity can gradually erode the cartilage that cushions our joints. Someday, we might simply inject a gel to repair it, University of Connecticut researchers report in the Oct. 6 issue of Nature Communications. Decades of running, climbing and jumping can wear away the cartilage that cushions our joints, eroding it until bone […]

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UConn Expanding Clean Energy Offerings In Push for Carbon Neutrality

UConn’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality and promoting clean energy is continuing its steady progress, with more electric vehicle charging stations in the works and plans to install a hydrogen fuel dispenser and two more fuel cells at the Storrs campus. The UConn Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved plans to purchase and install 18 […]

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