For the past two years, the student organization Princeton Racing Electric has been designing and building an all-electric, high-performance vehicle to compete in the international Formula Hybrid competition. The team designed and built their car using the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Machine Shop, allowing them to handcraft and custom-make many of the vehicle parts. To buy additional parts, they sought funding from University departments and external sponsors. The time spent working on the car was in addition to the students' academics, independent projects and extracurricular activities. For first-year students like Ashley Barnes, now a rising sophomore, being a member of the club was the perfect way to begin an academic career in engineering.
Energy and Sustainability
Monday, Jul 25, 2016
In the spring 2016 freshman seminar "Science, Society and Dinner," Princeton students learned the basics of knife skills, sautéing and palate education, but also about the water cycle, sustainable agriculture and the biochemistry of taste — and how all those pieces fit together.
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016
Nuclear fusion has enormous promise as a global energy source. The fuel is nearly inexhaustible and the waste products have less environmental impact than the wastes associated with fossil fuels and nuclear fission. Making affordable fusion energy would be a remarkable human achievement. To appreciate some of the key challenges, this Energy Technology Distillate published by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment examines magnetic confinement fusion energy from four perspectives: Technology, Economics, Fusion and Fission, and Politics and Progress.
Monday, Jun 27, 2016
Hailed as the first steps toward fruitful dialogue, collaboration and information exchange on sustainable energy and environmental research, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University recently signed an agreement with the Picatinny Arsenal Garrison and the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016
Emily A. Carter, a Princeton faculty member since 2004 and founding director of the University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been selected as the next dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Her appointment is effective July 1. Carter is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics. She has earned wide recognition for fundamental research contributions as well as for her vision for harnessing science and policy to produce lasting solutions to societal problems, including those of energy and the environment.
Monday, Jan 25, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a collaborative national center for fusion energy research located in Plainsboro Township. The Laboratory advances the coupled fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research, and, with collaborators, is developing the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. Here are just two facts about fusion energy that you should know: it's natural and it's safe.
Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016
From launching the most powerful spherical tokamak on Earth to discovering a mechanism that halts solar eruptions, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory advanced the boundaries of clean energy and plasma science research in 2015.
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015
Meandering paths, sunken courtyards, trees, flowers and shrubs weave through the sculptural complex of gray brick and glass that has risen at the eastern edge of the Princeton University campus. After over three years of construction, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is about to open its doors, ushering in a new phase for the center's goal to develop solutions to ensure our energy and environmental future.
Friday, Sep 4, 2015
If you happened to be in the lobby of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's (PPPL) Lyman Spitzer Building on a recent Friday morning, you would have seen the next generation of top scientists preparing to launch their careers. Twenty-five undergraduates from colleges across the country spent this summer at the laboratory as interns, working on projects ranging from figuring out how to remotely steer a set of mirrors that will be built into the upcoming ITER fusion machine to studying how nanoparticles grow inside plasmas. And they were presenting their work to researchers and policymakers.
Thursday, Sep 3, 2015
Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions. While prospects for a comprehensive carbon price are dim, especially in the U.S., many other policy approaches can spur the renewables revolution, according to a new policy article, whose authors include Princeton University's Michael Oppenheimer, published in Nature.