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Jim De Yoreo smiles for the camera wearing a tan suit, sage green shirt, and patterned green tie.

Exploring new materials through collaboration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1655159667535{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Jim De Yoreo’s career full of insights about materials will continue at the Energy Sciences Center[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1655154121223{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]June 13, 2022 | By Beth Mundy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1655159679514{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Scientists who study materials can be divided into three categories. “You have people who make things, people who make things do things, and people who try to understand why things do what they do,” said Jim De Yoreo, a Battelle fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He places himself into the third category.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1655159687342{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Through advanced microscopy techniques, De Yoreo has spent his career trying to understand and predict the...

Catalytic Carbon wins Clean Energy Prize at Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1650917639493{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]April 26, 2022[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1651082498895{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Catalytic Carbon, a startup co-founded by University of Washington (UW) students Carter Vu (B.S. Aeronautics & Astronautics ‘22), Ziming (Jimmy) Ye (B.S. Chemical Engineering, B.A. Biochemistry ‘22), and Owen Chen (M.S. Entrepreneurship ‘23), won the $15,000 Alaska Airlines Grand Prize and the $5,000 Clean Energy Prize at the 2022 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC), hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the UW Foster School of Business. The Clean Energy Prize, sponsored by the UW Clean Energy Institute, rewards student innovations that can reduce carbon emissions through conversion and distribution, energy efficiency, and more.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text...

New collaboration between UW and Seattle clean energy leaders seeks to increase diversity in the renewable energy industry through paid internship program

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1649191013211{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]April 4, 2022[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1649189344442{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]EarthLab and the Clean Energy Institute (CEI), two University of Washington (UW) environmental institutes, have announced a new partnership with LevelTen Energy, EnergyGPS, Google, and Steelhead Americas to bring more talented and diverse young professionals into the renewable energy industry by launching the Energy Scholars Mentorship Program. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. PT on April 15, 2022.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1649189351982{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Over eight weeks between June and August 2022, undergraduate students from across the country will come together for a work experience and cohort curriculum specifically designed to equip them with the resources needed to...

Microgrids for education and energy sovereignty

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1647562110902{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]After founding Northwest Indian College's first engineering program, Stephanie Bostwick aims to bring clean energy to her classroom — and to the Lummi Nation.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1647562120695{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]March 18, 2022[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1648241914503{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Growing up in Spokane, WA with Blackfeet heritage, Stephanie Bostwick dreamed of becoming an astronaut. But after her first year of college, she realized she needed a new plan for financially supporting herself, so she decided to enlist in the Naval Nuclear Program, knowing upon completion her education would be fully funded. After finishing her service, she attended Edmonds College to complete an Engineering Transfer program, then earned both a...

UW Regents approve milestone development in new Portage Bay Crossing area on Seattle campus

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1648511144273{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]March 14, 2022 | By Victor Balta, UW News[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1648511211901{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]The University of Washington Board of Regents last week approved the development plan for the first major project in the UW’s newly named Portage Bay Crossing area on the west side of the Seattle campus. The Regents approved a ground lease of the property at Site W27 to Wexford Science + Technology and a lease of building space by the University.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1648511222669{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]“This is a significant milestone for the UW and we are so excited to expand into the area west of campus and begin to define Portage Bay...

Corie L. Cobb awarded DARPA Director’s Fellowship

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1643059363141{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]January 24, 2022 | By Andy Freeberg, UW Mechanical Engineering[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1643059398249{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Corie L. Cobb, professor of mechanical engineering and the Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor in Clean Energy, has been selected as recipient of the prestigious Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Director’s Fellowship Award. Cobb is the first UW mechanical engineering faculty member to receive this honor.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1643059376239{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]In 2019, Cobb was one of 31 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) recipients, and she received nearly $500,000 for her research. Cobb’s selection for the DARPA Director’s Fellowship will extend the agency’s support for her research with over $400,000 in additional funding. This...

Balancing science with service

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638294754994{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]CEI Graduate Fellow Shua Sanchez is exploring the frontiers of new materials while striving for justice in his community [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638294034006{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]November 30, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638294188755{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Growing up in small-town Wisconsin, Shua Sanchez’s exposure to science and university research was limited. At a young age, he became aware of climate change and read widely about ways to combat it, but it took until his final year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for him to decide on a career in the field.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1638467858449{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Along the winding path of post-secondary education, Sanchez found his footing as a scholar and scientist. He...

Elevating battery standards for the skies

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1635896569010{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Astrolabe Analytics wins U.S. Air Force SBIR grant to accelerate battery innovation for electric aviation[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1635896545655{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]November 3, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1635896583212{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Astrolabe Analytics has been awarded a Direct-to-Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the United States Air Force (USAF) through the AFWERX Program to address open questions around safely operating and maintaining battery systems in electric aircraft. Astrolabe aims to provide partners in the electric aviation industry with standard operating procedures for online fuel gauging in-flight, offline health maintenance, and end-of-life decommissioning of electric aviation batteries. These data points will allow for more accurate estimates of flight...

Transforming the nation’s electrical grid to better support renewable energy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1632856777608{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]September 24, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1632856510391{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]By Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1632855524622{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]It’s probably not news that electric power systems across the country can be vulnerable to extensive outages, as demonstrated by natural disasters such as Hurricane Ida and the 2021 Texas Ice Storm. But what may not be commonly known is that the electrical system the nation depends on, the North American power transmission grid, is still highly dependent on fossil fuels, not only to generate power, but also to restart the system itself when outages occur.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1632855539016{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the creation of a new public-private consortium, which...

NSF to fund revolutionary center for optoelectronic, quantum technologies

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1631656611024{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]September 9, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1631656627148{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]Originally published by UW News[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1631656633274{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]The National Science Foundation on Sept. 9 announced it will fund a new endeavor to bring atomic-level precision to the devices and technologies that underpin much of modern life, and will transform fields like information technology in the decades to come. The five-year, $25 million Science and Technology Center grant will found the Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand — or IMOD — a collaboration of scientists and engineers at 11 universities led by the University of Washington.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1631656639659{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]IMOD research will center on new semiconductor materials and scalable...

The technology to reach net-zero carbon emissions isn’t ready for prime time, but…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999372609{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]It’s already under development in research labs.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999391926{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]August 25, 2021[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999462620{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]By Daniel T. Schwartz | Originally published in Scientific American[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999477119{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}"]U.S. climate envoy John Kerry recently stated that in order to reach net zero emission goals by 2045, we’ll “need technologies we don’t yet have.” Well, he’s half right. It’s true that battling climate change requires innovative, technologically driven ideas that can be tested, replicated and scaled, at warp speed. But inventing wholly new technology isn’t necessarily the answer, nor is the idea we can deploy today's technology all the way to 100 percent clean energy.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1629999489451{padding-bottom:...