Thursday, December 15, 2011

REU: Tackling the Environmental Grand Challenges of Engineering at Purdue University — Environmental and Ecological Engineering

This program is for students who are interested in applying their technical skills to solve some of the Grand Challenges facing humanity. Broad research themes include providing access to clean water, restoring and improving urban infrastructure, and managing nitrogen and carbon cycles at different scales. After completing the program, students will be better prepared to enter the
global green economy and will have a better overall understanding of the environmental impacts of societal and engineering activities.

Program highlights include:
Exciting, cutting-edge research
Field trips
Professional development
Social events
Sustainability discussion group

Students will receive:
$4000 stipend
Campus housing & meal plan
Up to $500 reimbursement for travel to Purdue University.

Eligibility requirements:
Completed at least 2 years of undergraduate education; continuing undergraduate in fall.
Major or program of study in natural sciences, technology, or engineering.
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Research Topics and Themes:
Reducing the water footprint of manufactured products
Water development in sub-Saharan Africa
Re-designing Urban Infrastructure Networks and Components
Energy Efficiency Enhancements in Existing Buildings
The Role of the Built Environment as a Reactive Component for Chemical Pollutants
Electrokinetic Remediation of Porous Materials
Nitrogen and Carbon Cycling
Carbon Dioxide Scrubbers for Fossil Fuel Combustion

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (EEC-1004974)

Application and more information available by clicking on blog entry title

Applications due: February 1, 2012
Ten-week program: May 29 to Aug 3, 2012
Program contacts:
Prof. Inez Hua
Dr. Stephen Hoffmann

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