Brown University School of Engineering

News from October, 2013

AIAA Associate Fellow

Professor Kenny Breuer Named Associate Fellow of AIAA

Kenny Breuer, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Engineering at Brown University, has been elected an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

AIAA Associate Fellows are “individuals who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or have done original work of outstanding merit, or have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.”

Joan Wernig Sorensen Professorship Established

Brown School of Engineering Receives Additional $8.5 Million in New Gifts

At its meeting on Saturday, October 26, the Corporation of Brown University announced that it had accepted or ratified a number of gifts, of which $8.5 million were designated for the School of Engineering. By University policy, all gifts of $1 million or more require formal acceptance by the Corporation.  These gifts included:


Brown/RISD/Erfurt team designs Techstyle Haus

Techstyle Haus:
Students at Brown, RISD, and the University of Erfurt are tackling a great challenge: Build a house that uses 90 percent less energy than a typical house, make it liveable, flexible, durable, and lightweight enough to be shipped from Providence to France — and design it better than 19 other top teams from around the world. That’s the Solar Decathlon. The Brown-RISD-Erfurt team calls its entry the “Techstyle Haus.”

Recycling Carbon Dioxide

Gold nanoparticles give an edge in recycling CO2

Less is more ... to a point:
It’s a 21st-century alchemist’s dream: turning Earth’s superabundance of carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — into fuel or useful industrial chemicals. Researchers from Brown have shown that finely tuned gold nanoparticles can do the job. The key is maximizing the particles’ long edges, which are the active sites for the reaction.

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