Spinning millions of tons of ‘wasted’ textiles to new life

“More than 13 million tons of textiles go to waste every year in the United States,” said Hang Liu, assistant professor in WSU’s Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles. “In Washington’s King County alone, 40,000 tons of textile waste that ended up in landfills in 2015.

“The textile industry is eager to put that waste back into use,” she added. Manufacturers are actively seeking sustainable practices that keep materials in use as long as possible, and find new value for them once they’ve been used.

Partnering with Ting Chi, associate professor in AMDT, and Jinwen Zhang, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Liu this fall … » More …

Open Appointment: CMEC Lab Manager

CMEC is hiring! We’re looking for a Lab Manager (Engineering Technician 2).

This position will be responsible for providing engineering support for the analytical instrumentation and other equipment used in the Paccar Environmental Technology Building (PETB) (2nd and 3rd floor). Specific focus will be on the Water and Environmental Research Laboratory (WERL) and the Composite Materials & Engineering Center (CMEC).

Responsibilities will include setup, routine maintenance, repair, and calibration for instrumentation, training of users of equipment, laboratory safety, oversight of chemical inventories, scheduling of equipment usage, and monitoring laboratory usage (for purposes of reimbursement from grants and clients).

This position will be expected to assist … » More …

$1.5M grant supports testing laminated wood in seismic conditions

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University researchers have received a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to develop guidelines that will help builders use more sustainable timber in high-rise buildings in earthquake-prone areas.

Daniel Dolan, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University is working in collaboration with the Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Washington, Lehigh University, the University of Nevada at Reno, Forest Products Lab, and American Wood Council, to develop new designs for using cross-laminated timber (CLT) in buildings in seismic areas. The project is led by Shiling Pei at Colorado School of Mines. … » More …

Forest-powered biofuel flight heads to Washington, D.C.

SEATTLE – Washington state-based Alaska Airlines today made history flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests.

The alternative jet fuel was produced through the efforts of the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA).  Read more…