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A small number of leaky natural gas wells produce large emissions of greenhouse gases

Wells that extract natural gas from underground often leak large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the air. A team of Princeton University researchers has found that, in one of the biggest gas-producing regions, most of these emissions come from a tiny subset of the wells, a finding with major implications for how to control the problem. 

Summer school marks 10th year of bringing young combustion scientists to ‘the edge of research’

Each summer since 2010, the Princeton-Combustion Institute Summer School on Combustion has brought together top scientists to teach graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world. Combined with a sister program in China, the summer schools have helped advance the careers of more than 4,000 students.

Researchers reverse engineer the ‘fireworks of life’

Imagine standing in a lumberyard and being asked to build a house — without blueprints or instructions of any kind. The materials are all in front of you, but that doesn’t mean you have the first idea how to get from point A to point B.

Quantum engineer recognized by Department of Energy with Early Career Award

The U.S. Department of Energy has named Jeff Thompson the recipient of a 2019 Early Career Award, with five years of significant funding from the department's Office of Science.

Materials scientist named Princeton vice dean for innovation

Rodney Priestley, professor of chemical and biological engineering and a leading researcher in the area of complex materials and processing, has been named Princeton University's vice dean for innovation, effective Feb. 3. The newly created position provides academic leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship activities across campus.

Elementary schoolers explore possibilities of engineering

Students from Harlem Prep Elementary School in New York City visited Princeton's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on June 5.

Closing the terahertz gap: Tiny laser is an important step toward new sensors

In a major step toward developing portable scanners that can rapidly measure molecules in pharmaceuticals or classify tissue in patients’ skin, researchers have created an imaging system that uses lasers small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.

Award honors materials researcher for practicing, promoting safety

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has awarded Rachel Selinksy its first annual Dale Grieb Safety Award, honoring her leadership in laboratory safety and health.

Strange warping geometry helps to push scientific boundaries

Princeton researchers have built an electronic array on a microchip that simulates particle interactions in a hyperbolic plane, a geometric surface in which space curves away from itself at every point.

Engineering faculty receive presidential early-career awards

Four faculty members of the School of Engineering and Applied Science have been named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

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