Archive for the 'Environmental Engineering' Category

Control of Large Wind Turbines

Please attend the Lockheed-Martin sponsored ASSET seminar in Thornton Hall, Room E316, the University of Virginia, at 3:00 PM on Friday September 14, 2012.

Prof. Mark Balas, “Control of Large Wind Turbines: It Doesn’t Take a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows”

Abstract: The next generation of utility-scale wind turbines will be larger and more flexible than earlier designs to promote greater energy capture and reduce the cost of energy.  It is here that the implementation of active feedback control is crucial to meet design objectives.  Not only must there be power regulation or optimization but also load mitigation to extend the life of the turbine.  Wind turbine dynamics modeling for active control is composed of four principal parts: (1) Aerodynamics and Inflow Behavior (2) Structural Dynamics (3) Feedback Control Algorithms and (4) Power Electronics.  Active control is a relatively new technology for wind turbines.  Basic control theory used in this talk is linear time-invariant and periodic control using disturbance accommodation, but with a strong connection to the aerodynamics and structural dynamics of wind turbines.  This talk will be a non-specialist’s tutorial on control of large wind turbines but will also introduce our adaptive control work in this research area.  I hope, when we are done, no one will ever be able to “kick sand in your face” about utility-sized wind turbine control.

This seminar is a great opportunity to broaden your base of knowledge, which can help spark new ideas in your own research, and could be invaluable in job interviews.  The Q&A based Fireside Chat session will be useful to learn best-current practices. Plan some questions for this distinguished faculty member.

More info:

Malathi Veeraraghavan

Professor, Charles L. Brown Dept. of Elec. & Comp. Engineering University of Virginia

1-434-982-2208

1-203-904-3724 (cell)

http://www.ece.virginia.edu/mv

Clean Energy Competition

Have an idea for developing new energy technologies?

Want to show off UVa’s entrepreneurial talent?

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to support the next generation of American clean energy entrepreneurs, the Department of Energy is offering $2 million to student-entrepreneurs for new clean energy solutions.  These funds will be awarded through a series of five regional competitions around the country.
Students at UVa and other universities in the Southeast are invited to compete in the ACC Clean Energy Challenge.  The winner of this challenge will receive a $100,000 prize and compete in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals in Washington, D.C., in summer 2012.

To enter, you or your team should register at www.accnrg.org.

Key Dates and Steps:

23 March 2012      Executive Summary (3 pages) and an Investor Video Pitch (3-5 minutes) due.  (During this preliminary round, students compete with other teams from their university.)

10 April   Teams notified of advancement to Southeast Regional Competition.

20 April        Full Commercialization Plans due.

24-25 April    Fifteen teams gather at the University of Maryland to make 20-minute presentations and compete for top prizes.

For complete rules, visit http://www.mtech.umd.edu/accnrg/rules.html.

If you are a UVa student and planning to submit an entry, please contact Prof. Bernie Carlson, wc4p@virginia.edu, so that he can keep track of UVa’s participation.

Water Systems Restoration in Iraq

The UVA Student Chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers are pleased to announce this presentation about

Water Systems Restoration in Iraq: Program Management Technology Application

by

Regan McDonald, PE

Atkins Global

on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 6:30 – 7:30 PM in D223 Thornton Hall

Free Pizza & Soda

For more information, please contact ASCE or SAME:

Michael Boone (mrb6zt) or Matthew McDonald (mpm2p)

APPA Student Research Grants/Internships

FROM:             Michele Suddleson, DEED Program Manager, American Public Power Association

It is my pleasure to inform you that the American Public Power Association (APPA) awards student research grants/internships each year to university students as part of its Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) Program.  APPA is the service organization for the nation’s community-owned electric utilities.  DEED is APPA’s research program that funds innovative, energy related research.

Please assist us in notifying your students about our opportunities by posting copies of our student flyer in prominent locations at your university, sending out on appropriate university list servers, and providing copies of the notice to your university’s student financial aid office.  Below is a brief synopsis of the scholarships we offer.

Ten  $4,000 Student Research Grants/Internships

Ten $4,000 student research grants/internships are awarded each year to undergraduate/graduate university students to conduct research on a project/internship in conjunction with a DEED member utility or as part of the students’ curriculum requirements if approved by a DEED member.  A mid-project report, final report, and abstract are required.  A sample Grant/Internship application can be found here.

Annual Application Deadlines: February 15 and October 15

One $5,000 Technical Design Project (Research Grant)

DEED awards one Technical Design Project each year to a student or group of students studying in an energy related discipline.  This grant is geared towards engineering students working on their senior project.  The student(s) academic advisor must approve the project and a mid-project report, final report, and abstract are required.  Travel expenses (up to $3,000) are also included in this grant for the student(s) to present their work at APPA’s Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held each spring.  A sample Technical Design Project application can be found here.

Annual Application Deadline:  October 15

Applications offered here are only to be used as a sample of the questions and information that will be required as we are launching a on-line application process January 3, 2012.

For more information connect to DEED’s scholarship information on APPA’s DEED website, or contact DEED program staff at 202-467-2960 or DEED@PublicPower.org.

 

Knovel Database and Earthquake Engineering

In the wake of yesterday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake here in central Virginia, you might find these titles from the Knovel database of interest.  What is Knovel?  Knovel is a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers in many engineering disciplines.  It provides the full text to a variety of texts and reference books useful to all engineers.  Give Knovel a try!

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Handbook by R. W. Day

Earthquake Engineering – Application to Design by Charles K. Erdey

Hint:  When searching Knovel, you may want to limit your search to just items that UVa subscribes to.  Check the “My Subscription” link near the upper right corner of the Knovel screen.  Readers at schools other than UVa may have different subscribed content – or no access, if your school doesn’t subscribe to Knovel.  Check with your local librarian, if you have questions.

 

Carbon Sequestration Workshop

Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration 2011 (RECS 2011) will be held June 5-15, 2011 in Birmingham, Alabama, for up to 30 participants including early career professionals, Ph.D. students, and graduate students with backgrounds in geology, chemistry, hydrology, physics, climate science, engineering, carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems, and related social science fields.  The intensive 10-day program takes an interactive approach that combines classroom instruction with group exercises, CCS site visits, and hands-on field activities including geologic storage site characterization, CO2 monitoring, and modeling fluid flow in the subsurface.  Topics covered by the RECS world-class faculty cover the range of scientific, technical, and policy issues associated with CCS deployment.  RECS 2011 is currently under development; please check the program page for updates.  Applications are due before April 15.

http://www.recsco2.org/

Certain Core Competencies Can Help Software Engineers Stand Out

In the “Career Management” blog at Tech Republic (1/21), Head Blogs Editor Toni Bowers writes that, according to CareerCast, software engineer is “the hottest job for 2011.” For those “who would like to know how to stand out from the pack” in this competitive field, Bowers lists “five core skills to help build critical competencies.” The list, created by Bruce Douglas, “Chief Evangelist from IBM Rational,” includes electric vehicle mechanics, probability and statistics, environmental engineering, engineering economics, and ethics.

Reposted from the 1/21/11 ASEE First Bell.

Carbon, Our Energy Future, and You: A Community Workshop

The City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia are hosting a Community Workshop inviting the public to learn more about ongoing initiatives related to energy opportunities and impacts, including recent efforts to identify effective energy management strategies.

Cost:                    Free

Date:                   Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Time:                   6:00-8:00 pm

Note:  Display Stations will be available for viewing in the Lobby all day on January 26th

Place:                  Albemarle County Office Building Auditorium and Lobby, 401 McIntyre Road, Charlottesville, VA

Further information:     www.charlottesville.org/agreencity

Event details:  display posters on view in the Lobby with specialists on hand to answer questions/discuss issues; an interactive community survey with real-time responses; comment/suggestion boxes for community input.

Old School Hydrology

Old School Hydro: Modern and Historic Surveying Aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, November 4

3:00 p.m.

Alderman Library Scholars’ Lab

Max Edelson

Associate Professor

Corcoran Department of History

University of Virginia

During the summer of 2010, U.Va. historian Max Edelson gained a berth aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson as it charted the waters off the western Keys of Florida. For a week, he learned about modern coastal surveying and hydrography first hand and interviewed the TJ’s officers and scientists about their experiences using sonar-based sensing to measure the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To better get a grasp on the first rigorous colonial surveys of Florida created in the 1760s and 1770s, he enlisted some of the crew to recreate early modern methods by tracing the contours and measuring the depths of a harbor in Key West. When asked what they were up with their lead lines and sextants by puzzled crew mates, they replied, “We’re off to do some old-school hydro.” This talk describes the art and science of surveying and mapmaking in and around the Florida Keys across 250 years.

All Scholars’ Lab events are free and open to all. No registration is required.

Are You What You Eat?

Please join us in the Brown Science & Engineering Library for the following program, organized for Family Weekend.

 

“Are you what you eat? Assessing the diets of modern and ancient humans”

 

Friday, November 5

10:30-11:30 am

Brown Science & Engineering Library

Clark Hall

 

Fundamental to the understanding of human history is the ability to make interpretations about an ancient population based on limited information. Within artifacts can be information, for example, concerning incidence of disease, genetic defects, and nutrition. We have analyzed hair from both modern and ancient individuals to show a wide diversity in the levels of seafood, corn-fed beef, and other grains in diet. Using stable isotope tracers, new information regarding historical figures (George Washington, 1799 AD; Edgar Allen Poe, 1849 AD) to perhaps the most ancient of mummies, the Chinchorro of Chile (more than 5000 BC) as well as the Moche of Peru (500 AD) and the best preserved mummy, the Neolithic Ice Man of the Oetztaler Alps (3200 BC), has been deciphered. Not only can the understanding ancient human communities and their environments be accomplished, but insights into modern American diets have recently been established. Presented by Environmental Science Professor Stephen A. Macko.

 

Please RSVP to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171782736170796


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