Engineering

  • Shared expectations help shape visual memory

    Thursday, Jun 17, 2021
    by Adam Hadhazy for Engineering Communications

    By having thousands of people play the visual equivalent of the "telephone game," where errors accumulate as a message is passed on, Princeton researchers have gathered new insights into the human visual system.

  • Technique inspired by lace making could someday weave structures in space

    Monday, Jun 21, 2021
    by Rachel Nuwer for Engineering Communications

    Lauren Dreier was paging through a 19th century book by the German architect Gottfried Semper when she spotted some intriguing patterns inspired by lace. A professional artist and designer who often incorporates technology into her work, Dreier, who is also a doctoral student at the School of Architecture at Princeton University, decided to recreate the printed illustrations in 3D.

  • Study shows how cities can consider race and income in household energy efficiency programs

    Monday, Jun 21, 2021
    by Rachel Nuwer for Engineering Communications

    Climate change and social inequality are two pressing issues that often overlap. A new study led by Princeton researchers offers a roadmap for cities to address inequalities in energy use by providing fine-grained methods for measuring both income and racial disparities in energy use intensity. Energy use intensity, the amount of energy used per unit floor area, is often used as a proxy for assessing the efficiency of buildings and the upgrades they receive over time.

  • Building a career path for research software engineers

    Monday, Jun 21, 2021
    by Eoin O'Carroll, Princeton Research Computing

    From a $25 archaeologists’ trowel to a multibillion-dollar particle collider, the variety of tools used in scientific research is staggering. But if there’s one scientific instrument common to all disciplines, it’s the computer.

    Computer software permeates every stage of the research process, from conducting literature reviews to analyzing data to typesetting journal articles. A 2017 survey of members of the US National Postdoctoral Association found that 95 percent respondents reported using research software.

  • Women's History Month: Engineering faculty and alumnae reflections

    Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    For a half century, women have played leading roles in research, teaching and innovation at Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Today, engineering faculty also include women who completed their graduate or undergraduate degrees at Princeton. Spanning different disciplines and generations, each of them has made outstanding contributions in her respective field, and each exemplifies Princeton’s traditions of fundamental research and engineering in the service of humanity.

  • Princeton technology could help improve COVID-19 vaccines

    Tuesday, Mar 16, 2021
    by Rachel Nuwer for the Office of Engineering Communications

    A new technology being developed by Princeton University researchers and alumni could offer a more effective and robust delivery method for COVID-19 vaccines.

  • 'See-through soil' could help farmers deal with future droughts

    Thursday, Feb 18, 2021
    by Adam Hadhazy, Office of Engineering Communications

    In research that may eventually help crops survive drought, scientists at Princeton University have uncovered a key reason that mixing material called hydrogels with soil has sometimes proven disappointing for farmers.

    Hydrogel beads, tiny plastic blobs that can absorb a thousand times their weight in water, seem ideally suited to serve as tiny underground reservoirs of water. In theory, as the soil dries, hydrogels release water to hydrate plants’ roots, thus alleviating droughts, conserving water and boosting crop yields.

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