Engineering

6 ways to get rid of carbon (Fall 2010)
Engineering horse & rider safety (Fall 2010)
The House That UK Built (Spring 2010)

The S.KY Blue house, built by a team of UK students, faculty and staff, gets high marks in the Solar Decathlon, a 10-event competition that was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., last fall. Take a tour of the 800-square-foot solar house that combines energy efficiency—which the UK team proved during a three-day waterlog in D.C.—and novel design with accessibility.

Building Terrifically Tiny Things (Spring 2010)

A UK engineer is working to build nanoscale devices easier and faster for use by engineers and scientists. Read about the tiny printer he developed that writes underwater.

President Obama Picks Two UK Professors for Awards (Spring 2010)
It Pays to Be a Cheapskate (Winter 09)

Thrifty UK researcher Steve Lipka is making an international splash thanks to his low-cost approach to building electrochemical capacitors—battery-like devices that give quick power bursts—from rayon, coal byproducts and plastic bottles.

John Anthony: Going Green with Carbon Electronics (Winter 09)
Jim Griffioen: Inventing the Next Internet (Winter 09)
Toxic Turnaround (Winter 09)

Does good nutrition protect your blood vessels from the toxic impact of PCBs? Can nanoparticles and free radicals destroy PCBs? Yes and yes, say scientists in the UK Superfund Basic Research Program.

Turning Coal into Ultraclean Fuels (Winter 09)
Resurrecting the Iliad (Summer 08)

Armed with a robot-mounted laser scanner, two UK researchers from the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments travel to Venice, Italy, to realize their goal of offering Homer’s Iliad to the world with the click of a mouse.

Democratic Bridge Building (Summer 08)

UK engineers pool citizen input to guide the design of two bridges in a multi-billion-dollar project in Louisville and southern Indiana.

Defusing Terrorism (Summer 08)

Timothy McVeigh showed the world that ammonium nitrate (AN) can be a deadly weapon. Preventing another Oklahoma City-like blast is what UK scientist Darrell Taulbee aims to do in a project to create a fertilizer that won’t have nearly the blast impact of AN.

Bucks for Brains Students Travel to Japan (2007)

The often disparate worlds of art and engineering came together for two UK mechanical engineering students through UK ’s Bucks for Brains Summer Research Program.

25th anniversary issue: Engineering (Fall 07)

The Metaverse: Visualization & Virtual Environments
Partnering With Toyota
Partners in Aluminum
Improving Coal Preparation and Miner’s Health

25th anniversary issue: Energy (Fall 07)

Spray-Painted Solar Cells
CAER Turns 30
Packaging Green Energy: The Coal/Sawdust Briquette

25th anniversary issue: Nanotechnology (Fall 07)

Working Together on the Nanoscale
Harnessing the Power of the Nanotube

25th anniversary issue: Space Exploration (Fall 07)

Spacecraft of the Future
Configuring the Birth of the First Stars
Building Galaxies from Scratch

Coal: Breaking Oil's Chokehold (Fall 07)

UK researchers are increasing the efficiency of Fischer-Tropsch, a World War II-era process for converting domestic sources like coal and natural gas to liquid transportation fuels, mapping underground geology for permanent storage of CO2, creating membranes to separate hydrogen from CO2, and producing catalysts to efficiently generate hydrogen for fuel cells.

Green Energy (Winter 07)

The University of Kentucky is taking “green energy” literally. By playing up Kentucky’s agricultural strengths, UK researchers are creating a more stable form of bio-oil, designing new catalysts to produce premium biodiesel, targeting a new way to make ethanol with cornfield leftovers, packaging fine coal and sawdust together in a potent briquette, and looking for cheap ways to capture solar energy with devices spray painted onto rocks or tents.

French Magazine Features UK Work to Unwrap Damaged Manuscripts (Summer 06)
Carbon Nanotubes: Faster Flow, Greater Possibilities (Summer 06)
Isaac Shlosman: Building Galaxies in His Basement (Fall 2005)
Research Supercomputing (Summer 05)

Brent Seales: Enhancing Minimally Invasive Surgery
Christopher Jaynes: Taking Video Surveillance to New Lengths Ruigang Yang: Spanning Distances with Tele-Immersion
Kevin Donohue: Enhancing the Human-Computer Audio Interface Kozo Saito & Abraham Salazar: Designing Effective Painting Technology with Computational Fluid Dynamics
George Huang: Making Air Flow Work for Industry
Suzanne Weaver Smith: Designing Spacecraft of the Future Madhu Menon: Understanding Nanostructures

UK and Industry: Partnering for Success (Summer 2005)

Kozo Saito is one of several College of Engineering researchers collaborating with industry to help solve manufacturing and waste problems. His design of a novel scrubber, a device that sucks up oversprayed paint in the automotive coating process, saves significantly more paint and uses much less energy than conventional scrubbers.

Digital Exploration (Fall 2004)

Computer scientist Brent Seales is using a CT scanner and imaging software to unwrap the secrets of damaged manuscripts for the world's scholars.

Here's What's New under the Sun (Fall 2004)

UK engineering students build solar car

Shaping the Future of Software (Fall 2003)

On the wings of 17 years in industry, Jane Hayes is designing software to further UK research and empowering students to tackle real-world problems.

Eric Grulke: Harnessing the Power of Carbon (Summer 2003)

Grulke is working to turn Humvee diesel fuel exhaust into drinking water, a filtering technology that's attracted a lot of interest, especially from the Army.

Under Pressure (Spring 2003)

UK scientists are creating tomorrow's nanoscale ceramic materials with pressurized CO2 and fluorinated surfactants.

2002-2003 University Research Professors (Spring 2003)

Andrew Klapper: Finding Structure in Randomness

Supercomputers "R" Us: Linking PCs for Unprecedented Power (Spring 2002)

Hank Dietz is building supercomputers from off-the-shelf PCs to solve today's most complex computing problems.

2001-2002 University Research Professor: Chi-Sing Man (Spring 2002)

Chi-Sing Man is working with mathematical models that predict the response of aluminum and titanium to stress.

The Metaverse: Projecting Us into the Future (Fall 2001)

Ken Calvert, Zongming Fei, Christopher Jaynes, and Brent Seales are creating a new "virtual reality," where we will be surrounded by projected computer images. Immersive surgery and scientific modeling are just two applications for this exciting technology.

New Director Sees Bright Future for CAER (Fall 2001)

Ari Geertsema brings more than 30 years of experience in industrial chemistry, chemical engineering, plant operations, and research and development to UK.

Listening in on the Brain: New Technologies to Fight Neurological Disorders (Spring 2001)

Greg Gerhardt is designing sensors and microprobes to monitor chemical levels in the brain and deliver therapeutic drugs.

Working to Prevent Bad Vibrations (Fall 2000)

Natural vibration frequencies are typically among the smallest values computed from a mathematical model of a building, so Ren-Cang Li's work to compute them accurately is the best way to ensure that the building will be safe.

Freezing for the Future: Life-Saving Cryobiology (Fall 2000)

Dayong Gao is exploring fundamental principles for cryopreservation of stem cells, platelets and arteries.

Penny-Wise Technology: Designing Sensors and Antennas of the Future (Spring 2000)

Craig Grimes is using inexpensive materials to make sensors to tell you when to change your oil and designing tiny antennas with Mother Nature's mathematics.

Aiming for the Stars (Spring 2000)

John Main is designing a mirror for the Next Generation Space Telescope constructed out of a flexible film that could be rolled up and stashed on board the space shuttle.

The Heart of Matter (Fall 1999)

UK researcher Beth Dickey is designing materials at the atomic level with state-of-the-art electron microscopes.

Rising to the NSF Challenge (Fall 1999)

UK is one of 16 recipients of NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training grants.

River, Kentucky: The Abridged Version (Fall 1999)

The little community of River, Kentucky, boasts the world's longest plastic-deck bridge. The pedestrian bridge, made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer composites, spans the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River and saves an otherwise 20-mile drive to the post office and general store for people who live directly across the river.

Women Engineers Win Best Chapter, Best Team Project (Spring 1999)

The UK chapter of the Society of Women Engineers was named the best chapter in the nation at the society's national conference in Houston last June. Members of the UK chapter also won the Boeing Team Tech Competition, in which a team of students works with a company to solve a real-life problem.

Thinking Big By Thinking Small (Fall 1998)

UK researchers explore possible uses of tiny but mighty nanotubes.
Advanced Carbon Materials Center Established At UK

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The S.KY Blue house on the National Mall.

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