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Creating Energy from Waste

dirt smoke form the coal plant

Power plants, homes and businesses release over 20 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the Earth’s atmosphere each year. A new article in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters describes a way to put all that waste to work.

Authored by Dr. Bert Hamelers of Wetsus, Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology in the Netherlands and his colleagues, the article describes technology that could process CO2 gas with liquids and filter the combination through special membranes to produce enough electric current annually to out-power the Hoover Dam 400 times over, according to ACS.

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Students Win NASA Aeronautics Scholarship

NASA recently awarded its Aeronautics Scholarships to 25 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S.

Undergraduate recipients receive $15,000 per year to cover tuition costs for two years and a $10,000 stipend to fund a summer internship at NASA. Graduate scholarship winners receive approximately $45,000 per year for as many as three years and $10,000 stipends for as many as two summer internships.

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College Qualified Leaders Program

ASEE and the Department of Defense sponsor the College Qualified Leaders Program, an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research in a Defense Department laboratory for six months or longer.

There is no deadline for applications — they can be submitted any time for appointments during the year or over the summer. The Army Education Outreach Program website lists more information and an online application.

Katie Nelson Offers a View From the Trenches

A special Summer issue of Prism is built around ASEE’s 120th anniversary. As part of an article entitled “Forward Thinkers,” writer Robin Tatu interviewed Katie Nelson, incoming chair of the Student Division. Here’s an excerpt from the article.

“An emerging generation of engineering educators may point the way to a more inclusive approach and alternate pathways into the field.  Katie Nelson is one of this new breed. With a B.A. and M.A. in environmental engineering, she is now earning a Ph.D. at Arizona State University’s Teacher College. Nelson speaks with passion of her interest in pedagogy, noting that most students in this relatively new discipline consider themselves “in the trenches,” as they pursue research they believe will produce improved teaching – and engineering practice.”

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