The EASTlab addresses sustainability challenges in the fields of systems design, technology selection, manufacturing, and water.
Current Research Topics
Design of Humanitarian Technologies
Investigating the relationship between design processes, design methodologies, and the likelihood of successful outcomes with respect to adoption. Also investigating the impact of the design of humanitarian technology on the formation of engineering skills and engineering ethics.
Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Metalworking Fluids
Research and commercialization happening at Fusion Coolant Systems.
Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors
Turning wastewater into pure water and energy using membrane technology and succeeding at it at low temperatures. Also developing life cycle assessment and cost models to help us understand how to achieve sustainable water systems in low water settings.
Least Cost Trajectories to Meet Carbon Dioxide Emissions Targets
We built a best-in-class model to predict what technologies we need to deploy to hit CO2 emissions reductions targets (80% by 2050!) at least cost. This is a very detailed model of the auto and electricity sectors.
Is Carbon Sequestration of Coal Economically Feasible?
It will likely turn out significantly more expensive than currently assumed. Carbon sequestration for coal will double the cost of coal-based electricity. This means wind and natural gas combined cycle will be cheaper and we won’t end up using coal for electricity if we end up sequestering addressing its carbon baggage.
There are many more research projects in the works; stop by again soon to learn more about EASTlab research, or check out our Publications Page to learn about outcomes from our efforts.