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Senior thesis revealed new ways to cut carbon emissions on Princeton’s campus

May 2, 2022

For his senior thesis project, Harry Shapiro synthesized more than two million data points on campus energy use, developing a mathematical model to help reduce costs and carbon emissions. The model aims to optimize the University’s hour-by-hour dispatch of its various energy sources — an increasingly complex challenge as Princeton moves toward its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2046.


Tech privacy expert Arvind Narayanan to lead Center for Information Technology Policy

May 2, 2022

Arvind Narayanan, an expert in technology privacy and fairness, will lead Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

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Vertical thinking broke the bottleneck in powering high-performance computers

May 2, 2022

A new system delivers more power, more efficiently with greater control to meet the demands of artificial intelligence and super computers.

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Our COVID vaccines would not exist without this unsung Princeton technology

May 2, 2022

Researchers in Robert Prud’homme’s lab spent 20 years fine-tuning a technology that has revolutionized drug manufacturing, enabling everything from mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines to malaria drugs. The fragile molecules that treat those diseases must survive an epic voyage from a lab bench, through the supply chain, into a blood cell. Encapsulation gives them a secure vehicle and a final heading. It’s a delicate craft backed by complex mathematics, and over the arc of his career, Prud’homme has become a master craftsman.

In bioengineering, technology and science move forward in concert

May 2, 2022

“The scientific enterprise is often snail paced, then something comes along and catapults it to the next level,” said Clifford Brangwynne. “Usually, that something is technology.”

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New professorship imbues humanity in design

May 2, 2022

An anthropologist is teaming up with engineers and design-thinking experts to train innovators to “set aside their values and expectations and presumptions in order to ask better questions, to get to a better place.”

Don’t just think outside the box, rethink the box

May 2, 2022

The Keller Center’s core design course presents students with new lenses through which to view problems.

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Designing for Societal Impact

May 2, 2022

As our technologies grow more powerful, so do the potentials for unintended consequences. Recognizing the complexity of the challenges before us, we are pursuing meaningful societal impact through the practice of design.

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Princeton research is pursuing a sustainable future for New Jersey and the world

April 26, 2022

Princeton research now underway in New Jersey is studying the impact of coastal storms, extreme heat and even the action of wind turbines, guarding against lead contamination in cities, breaking down toxins with a bacteria native to the Assunpink wetlands, helping Garden State farmers, and more.

Nature inspired strong, lightweight material for planes, buildings and bone implants

April 25, 2022

Mimicking bone, wood and other natural materials, these porous objects are lighter than traditional products and could find many uses from surgical reconstruction to aircraft manufacturing.