Carbon-chomping soil bacteria may pose hidden climate risk

Much of the earth’s carbon is trapped in soil, and scientists have assumed that potential climate-warming compounds would safely stay there for centuries. But new research from Princeton University shows that carbon molecules can potentially escape the soil much faster than previously thought. The findings suggest a key role for some types of soil bacteria, which can produce enzymes that break down large carbon-based molecules and allow carbon dioxide to escape into the air.

Two engineering alumni take science and tech leadership roles in Biden administration

Two Princeton Engineering alumni recently were appointed to leadership positions in science and technology in the Biden administration.

Engineering and artificial intelligence combine to safeguard patients’ lives

Spurred by the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Princeton and Google are applying mechanical engineering and artificial intelligence in an effort to increase the availability and effectiveness of ventilation treatments worldwide.

NSF awards $6.6M for two highly collaborative projects aimed at a more sustainable future

The National Science Foundation has awarded $6.6 million to fund two projects led or co-led by Princeton researchers who seek to transform a major greenhouse gas into fuel and to use biologically-inspired materials to greatly reduce waste and improve performance in building construction.

Troyanskaya named fellow of Association for Computing Machinery

Olga Troyanskaya, a professor of computer science and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been named a 2020 fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in recognition of her significant contributions to computational biology and data integration.

Princeton partners on $30M grant to advance internet infrastructure

Princeton University researchers are partners on a major initiative to help shape the next generation of computer networks. The effort, known as Project Pronto, aims to build and test new types of flexible, programmable networks to advance network security, performance and innovation.

Lava lamps, living cells: Brangwynne establishes new view of biology

Maybe it was the late nights staring through a microscope, pondering the materials of cells. Perhaps it was the work-induced hallucinations that followed — the soft, squishy building blocks of life, stuck in his vision, superimposed on the cold and rigid bricks of Boston. Whatever caused it, Brangwynne saw cells and their structures differently than other scientists, and it would lead him to a major discovery that had been hiding in plain sight.

Carmona named fellow of the American Mathematical Society

René Carmona, professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, was named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, one of the highest honors in the field of mathematics.

Bell Lab Prize honors Princeton team for method to meld privacy and deep learning

A team of Princeton University researchers was a top finisher in the international 2020 Bell Labs Prize competition, honored for developing a method that may allow computers to learn from data without compromising the privacy of people who furnished the data.


Water and Energy

This issue of EQuad News looks briefly at two important slices – water and energy – of Princeton’s work in environmental sustainability, both of which include strong leadership from across the engineering school. Princeton is now planning major investments in environmental teaching and research, including an entire new campus neighborhood that will further enhance the cross-disciplinary interplay of science and engineering that is so critical to reaching truly effective solutions for our future.