Innovation funds support research in robotics, machine learning, climate resilience and more

Princeton Engineering researchers are starting new projects to boost biofuel production by studying microbes from extreme environments, abate urban heat islands through machine learning, and develop new kinds of deployable wings for robots — all funded by the latest round of innovation grants from the school. This year the engineering school awarded more than $2.4 million in annual research grants for 17 projects.

Engineering faculty recognized for excellence in teaching

Students highlighted professors’ engaging approaches to learning, unwavering support and dedication to student well-being.

Thesis work analyzed air quality on the move

Jovan Aigbekaen’s senior thesis research combines machine vision and sensing technology to find out in real time how traffic, buildings, industrial sites and green spaces affect the air around them on a hyperlocal scale.

Princeton selected to lead NSF-funded regional consortium for photonics research and workforce development

A new Princeton-led collaboration to drive economic and technological advancements in photonics — the branch of science that includes lasers, optical fibers and cutting-edge light-based innovations — has been awarded a development grant from the NSF Engines program.

Urban sustainability expert Anu Ramaswami honored for leadership in engineering and global outreach

Anu Ramaswami, an interdisciplinary environmental engineer and leader on the topic of sustainable urban systems, has received the 2022 Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

Senior thesis revealed new ways to cut carbon emissions on Princeton’s campus

For his senior thesis project, Harry Shapiro synthesized more than two million data points on campus energy use, developing a mathematical model to help reduce costs and carbon emissions. The model aims to optimize the University’s hour-by-hour dispatch of its various energy sources — an increasingly complex challenge as Princeton moves toward its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2046.

Princeton research is pursuing a sustainable future for New Jersey and the world

Princeton research now underway in New Jersey is studying the impact of coastal storms, extreme heat and even the action of wind turbines, guarding against lead contamination in cities, breaking down toxins with a bacteria native to the Assunpink wetlands, helping Garden State farmers, and more.

Innovation funds support advances in bioengineering, machine learning and materials science

This year’s engineering school Innovation Research Grants are funding efforts to allow computers to use walls as mirrors to peer around corners, build hearing aids that better isolate sounds, and create a safe, long-lasting fire-retardant spray. The projects number among 20 awardees of annual research grants awarded for 2022.

What climate choices should cities make? A Princeton data tool helps planners set priorities.

A new tool for city planners helps them design a portfolio of actions that encompasses compact development, smart electric mobility, electric heating systems, mass timber construction, urban reforestation, and technologies that allow resources to circulate efficiently through the food, waste and energy sectors.