Princeton computer scientist to lead NSF directorate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Princeton University computer scientist Martonosi to serve as head of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, one of seven top-level divisions within the NSF.

Controlling methane is a fast and critical way to slow global warming, say Princeton experts

Pound for pound, methane causes a far greater warming effect in the atmosphere than does carbon dioxide. Two Princeton engineers recently discovered far more methane leaking into the atmosphere than previously recognized, and here they talk about their discoveries and the implications of changing regulations.

Microbe chews through PFAS and other tough contaminants

In a series of lab tests, a relatively common soil bacterium has demonstrated its ability to break down the difficult-to-remove class of pollutants called PFAS, researchers at Princeton University said.

Princeton collaborators bring layered approach to coastal resiliency in New York City

The complexity of the challenges facing New York’s Jamaica Bay makes the region a perfect place to apply the cross-disciplinary approach that a team of Princeton researchers is bringing to improving the resilience of New York and other coastal cities.

The future of cities

Princeton University's newly established Metropolis Project is creating a research ecosystem that enables Princeton to play a central role in meeting the urbanization challenge.

Class of 2023 asked to apply fundamental knowledge to modern challenges

Engineering faculty members welcomed the Class of 2023 to the School of Engineering and Applied Science on Monday afternoon, with Vice Dean Antoine Kahn telling students that as engineers, they will “have the ability to use your technical expertise during your lifetime to improve and sustain quality of life in the world for everybody.”

Engineering students honored for academic achievement at Opening Exercises

Two engineering students of the Class of 2020 were among seven Princeton undergraduates honored for their academic achievements at Opening Exercises on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Project to build a diverse coalition of researchers to confront nuclear dangers

A group of Princeton researchers has been awarded a two-year grant by the American Physical Society Innovation Fund to educate and re-engage the U.S. physics community on the globally important issue of the risk posed by nuclear weapons and the pressing need to reduce this threat. Leading the work will be Alexander Glaser, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and international affairs and co-director of Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security.

Solutions to urban heat differ between tropical and drier climes

In summer heat, cities may swelter more than nearby suburbs and rural areas. And while the size of this urban heat island effect varies widely among the world’s cities, heat island intensity can largely be explained by a city’s population and precipitation level, researchers reported in a paper published Sept. 4 in the journal Nature. The analysis suggests that cooling cities by planting more vegetation may be more effective in drier regions than in wetter ones.

High school students connect materials science to future careers and global challenges

High schoolers toured materials science and engineering labs, participated in coursework and projects, and interacted with graduate students  as part of the Princeton University Materials Academy (PUMA), a three-week program held in July.