Prof. @j.m.free and 3 of his Coal in America undergrads recently traveled to the WV State Archives to conduct research on their @dukebassconnections project, which chronicles the impact of coal on America's economic and social history. Pictured are one student's hands "after 10-15 minutes of thumbing through WV Dept. of Mines reports from the early 20th Century. That’s coal dust, and, yes, she asked the archivist if she could borrow some gloves at that point!" - Jon Free Learn more about this project here: https://buff.ly/2MvskqD Pictured L-R in front of the coal miners’ memorial: Merle Nye, Nicole Lindbergh, and Mary Helen Wood
How can machine learning help generate energy estimates from satellite imagery? Dr. Kyle Bradbury recently gave a Megatrends Lecture on this emerging nexus of energy and data science at @dukeenvironment. Great to see energy data analytics in action! 📷 by May Zhiting (E'22).
Master of Environmental Management students at @dukeenvironment traveled to Philadelphia for the Net Impact Club’s corporate sustainability trek to learn from 7 innovative companies. Check out the full story by Shira Weintraub (MEM/MBA’21)! bit.ly/netimpacttrek
"When we got out to observe one of the wind turbines up close, the wind from the coast was ripping through the fields and the 500-foot-tall turbines were spinning rapidly." . . -Alexis Schuster (MEM'20) writes about touring NC's lone utility-scale wind farm! Get the full experience here: bit.ly/windpowertrip
What’s that happening behind Gross Hall? Oh, just some Duke students testing a long-range hybrid-power heavy-lift drone (don’t worry--it was securely tethered the entire time!). Undergrads in Duke’s Ocean Engineering course (ENVIRON 461, ECE 461, ME 426) are working on the ocean floor exploration drone as part of the @Shell Open Discovery @XPRIZE competition. Energy student Uriel Salazar Angelini reports they’ve been learning about bathymetry, autonomy, SONAR pod build and recovery, SONAR signal processing, hybrid power generation and use, & more. Here’s their new 12-rotor drone, built from carbon fiber rods, 3D printed parts, and complete with a hybrid gas-electric power system. Pictured: Uriel Salazar Angelini, Greg Goldman, Laura Perez, Rachael Murtagh, Brad Feiger, Amauche Uzoigwe, Michael Wang.
Last week's CarbonNetZero event during #energyweekatduke engaged participants with a new draft of the @dukeuniversity Climate Action Plan. Everyone had the chance to meet in breakout groups to discuss everything from renewables to transportation in Duke's pursuit of carbon neutrality by 2024. Students were buzzing about all they learned from the experience: Robert Barnette (T'22): "It was very interesting to hear about Duke's current progress on its climate action plan as well as some future plans for reducing emission levels." . . Ashwin Subramaniam (T'22): "Learned a lot more about what Duke is doing to meet its lofty goals for carbon neutrality by 2024! Still gotta reduce those emissions from the transportation sector though!!!!" . . @sustainableduke and Duke Facilities are eager for feedback, which they'll be collecting over the next month. Check out the plan and share your thoughts: https://sustainability.duke.edu/metrics/climate
So lucky to have @sarahvondracek as a part of our energy community!! 💫 #Repost @givingtoduke with @get_repost ・・・ Hi everyone and welcome to my #mydukeyear takeover! My name is Sarah Vondracek (@sarahvondracek) and I am in the second year of my dual Master of Environmental Management and MBA degrees. Coming to Duke has been one of the best decisions of my life and a big part of that is @dukeuenergy. This past week was @energyweekatduke, which was filled with many events connecting alumni with students. I’m inspired by how the Duke community is making a huge difference in the energy industry! #dukestudents #foreverduke Photo by:@sarahvondracek
CONGRATS to Milad Dooston ( @unccharlotte student) who won FIRST PRIZE & $3K at the @dukeuniversity Energy Conference Energy Research Poster Presentation, organized by @dukeengineering Mgmt Energy Club & sponsored by @apexcleanenergy, @mosaicenergy, and @DukeUEnergy. Harsh Sanghi & team (@dukeuniversity) won the top undergraduate poster award AND 2nd place overall, and Shomik Verma (@dukeuniversity) took home 3rd place! #energyweekatduke
@DukeStudents had a blast yesterday at the Energy Technology Exhibition as a part of #energyweekatduke. Here are a few highlights that students shared: Liza Rooks (T'22): "I spent the majority of my time at the Smart Home booth due to my interest in the interplay between new technologies and daily living. I plan to get involved with the Smart Home next year." . . Lucas Lynn (T'22): "It was great hearing from professors, companies, and other researchers. I really enjoyed hearing about Handy Village Institute, Inc. and how they have been able to teach others to make their own wind turbines to become independent of the grid!" . . Daniel Winkelman (E'22): "This photo is of Prof. Knight's research in solar thermal energy storage. I particularly enjoyed seeing the @dukebassconnections project involving estimating grid access based off of satellite imagery using machine learning. Projects like that make me realize that there is still a lot of unknown information that is very reachable." . . Riad Kanj (E'22): "Here's a shot of students exploring new, more efficient batteries." With so many more events coming up this week, we can't wait to hear more!
Our favorite week of the year is here! ⚡️Energy Week⚡️ #Repost @energyweekatduke ・・・ Sliding into energy week like...... ⬆️⬆️ There might not be electric scooters, but be sure to check out our other events this week!
What happens when 21 successful energy alumni intersect with 21 motivated energy students for a weekend? We decided to find out with our 36 Hours in Energy event on October 12-14, 2018. We assembled the 42 attendees for a program that was equal parts networking and futurecasting, with attendees describing the weekend as: transformative, powerful, and energetic. Ready the full multimedia story here: bit.ly/36hoursenergy
Caitlin Bonney (MEM '19) shares a "pretty stellar line up of people" visiting her class (Special Topics in Energy: Transformation of the U.S. Electric Power Sector) today: Mark Laabs (T'06 and Managing Director of Modern Energy; Chairman of @faro.energy), Jim Rogers (retired CEO at @duke_energy), and Kate Konschnik (Director, Climate & Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions)! We love seeing energy rockstars share their expertise with students! #energyatduke
Students in the Global Energy FOCUS cluster are learning to engineer all sorts of energy systems! Garret Dixon (BME'22) shares an image of his classmates Emma Rose Shore, Stacy Chen, Manmit Singh, and Muazzam Khan Noorpuri designing a rain collection and renewable energy generation system to power an irrigation system in @thedukeforest. Kevin Peng (BME/ECE'22) shows Jake Cariello (E'22) displaying a prototype of an irrigation system to be used in Duke Forest. Justin Brown (E'22) shares an LED and LCD circuit for a room sign project using an Arduino microcontroller. "Engineering 101 is helping us to gain basic skills in circuitry and coding to prepare for our semester-long team class projects." Nice work!
#Repost @givingtoduke’s post by @shomikthemoney ! ・・・ One of the most incredible experiences I’ve had at Duke was volunteering to install free solar panels for low-income communities through @gridalternatives’ Solar Spring Break program, sponsored by @dukeuenergy. I’ve gotten to travel to the Chemehuevi Native American tribe, Fresno, and Los Angeles through this unique opportunity. Beyond learning hands-on technical skills about solar installation, we always hear from homeowners about how these panels will help them put more money towards education, healthy food, and improving quality of life. This is one of my primary motivators in pursuing solar energy research! . Love Duke for the amazing opportunities it provides for students. Stay tuned for more updates from me this week 😊 . Post by: @shomikthemoney . @dukeuniversity @dukeengineering @dukestudents @dukealumni @dukeenvironment @dukeannualfund . #MyDukeYear #instatakeover #foreverduke #dukeiseverywhere
At today's Power Lunch, Katharine Kollins (MEM/MBA’09), President of Southeastern Wind Coalition, talked with students about the regional wind landscape and what future development may look like. "If you haven’t ever been to a wind farm," she says, "it’s a powerful and awe-inspiring experience.” Duke students will head out on Saturday to visit the @amazon Wind Farm U.S. East near Elizabeth City, NC!
The @dukeenvironment Energy Club recently hosted a Career Chat Lunch with April Christensen (MEM'16), developer at @invenergy_llc. A great opportunity for engagement!
Need some fuel cells for midterms? We feel ya. Here, Kevin Peng (BME/ECE'22) shares a shot of Dr. Nico Hotz presenting a lecture on fuel cell technology to the Global Energy FOCUS cluster in his Materials and Technology for the Energy Future class.
Hot off the presses! Nikhita Singh (MEM’19) and Alex Yoshizumi (MEM’19), @energyweekatduke masterminds, pictured here showing off their newly minted Energy Week posters with the week’s schedule and @dukeuniversity Energy Conference agenda. So many exciting events and companies taking part in this student-led week Nov 4-9! . . Look for Energy Week folks to be tabling outside the Bryan Center this week and next. And check out energyweekatduke.org for more info.
How efficiently can chemical energy, stored in pure hydrogen gas, be converted into mechanical energy at the wheel? In a recent blog post, members of the @dukeuniversity Electric Vehicles Team explain design decisions for their record-breaking fuel-efficient vehicle: ow.ly/uADG30miuYE #energyatduke
Tom J. Cinq-Mars on the recent Energy Data Analytics Workshop: "Here, a grad student in engineering and I are brainstorming interdisciplinary project ideas...I highly recommend these sorts of EI events to anyone who wants to reach broad audiences with their work regardless of subject matter." #energyatduke
Join us for our next Power Lunch (Oct. 25) with @dukeuniversity alum Katharine Kollins (MEM/MBA'09), president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition! Kollins will present on current issues and career paths in the wind industry, followed by discussion. Lunch provided. RSVP: bit.ly/kollinslunch
On Wed., Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm, Prof. Lori Bennear will host an information session for a new @DukeEngage program in Puerto Rico for Summer 2019: "Developing resilient energy systems through innovation and entrepreneurship after Hurricane Maria." More: http://bit.ly/dukeengagepr #energyatduke #puertorico #maria