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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cal State L.A. sustainable energy center gets a boost

Cal State L.A. has received a $1.7 million grant to turn a portion of  the university Engineering and Technology building (pictured) on the El Sereno campus into a research center focused on energy efficiency and sustainability. Cal State was awarded the three-year National Science Foundation  grant  in addition to a $5 million grant to establish a
Center for Energy and Sustainability.  The center, which will draw students and faculty from across the campus, will study ways to make existing sources of energy more efficient as well as look into the development of fuel cells and other new, sustainable forms of energy. Work will begin this fall to renovate and modernize a 9,500-square-foot section of Engineering  and Technology building to serve as the the core of the research center. Crist Khachikian, center director, said in a press release that “the NSF funding will enable CEaS faculty and students at Cal State L.A. to conduct innovative research in a newly renovated facility that is highly conducive to multidisciplinary collaborations.” Click on the link below to read the full press release for more details about the grant and center.

Los Angeles, CA – Building upon the University’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research in engineering and the sciences, California State University, Los Angeles has been awarded a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a core facility to boost research activities for the University’s recently-launched Center for Energy and Sustainability (CEaS).

CEaS was established in fall 2009 through a five-year, $5 million NSF Centers for Research Experience in Science and Technology (CREST) grant. This multidisciplinary science and technology research center encompasses four areas of study: fuel cells; photovoltaic cells (high-efficiency cells); combustion (burning diverse fuels and examining combustion efficiency); and carbon sequestration (capturing carbon from the atmosphere and pumping it into the ocean or the land).

To begin this fall, approximately 9,500 square feet of research space in the University’s Engineering and Technology building will be reconfigured and modernized to comprise the core energy and sustainability research facility in environment, materials, and advanced technology.

“Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the NSF funding will enable CEaS faculty and students at Cal State L.A. to conduct innovative research in a newly renovated facility that is highly conducive to multidisciplinary collaborations,” said Crist Khachikian, the grant’s principal investigator, the CEaS director, and a professor of civil engineering at Cal State L.A.

“Research in energy and sustainability is a core multidisciplinary, multi-investigator activity within the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology that involves collaborations between faculty from biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, and technology,” he said. “Furthermore, the new facility will provide opportunities to draw more undergraduate and graduate students into science, engineering, and technology research.”

The modernized CEaS facility will also be used for summer research programs for middle and high schools students and teachers, and community college students.



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