WSU announces new joint appointment program with NREL

Julia Day, assistant professor in the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s School of Design and Construction and director of the WSU Integrated Design + Construction Laboratory, will be the first joint appointee in a new program between WSU and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s leading experts in energy efficiency and occupancy behavior. The knowledge and resources available to me through this collaboration with NREL will help advance important research while also providing opportunities for funding … » More …

Researchers aim to use seafood waste to improve concrete

WSU researchers have received a Department of Energy (DOE) grant to use seafood waste from shrimp and crab shells to improve concrete.

The work could lead to more durable concrete and in doing so, reduce the significant carbon emissions that go into concrete production. Led by Somayeh Nassiri, assistant professor, Michael Wolcott, Regents Professor, and Hui Li, research assistant professor in the Composite Materials and Engineering Center, the interdisciplinary team also includes researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. [Read more]

Dan Dolan recognized with public safety leadership award

Dan Dolan PortraitMarch 19, 2021 – Dan Dolan, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has received the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Seismic Safety Council’s Excellence Award.

He received the award at the council’s annual symposium, held virtually on March 4.

The excellence award recognizes individuals who have made a significant difference in advancing seismic design and construction and in improving the safety and economic viability of building systems. [Read more]

Researchers develop recyclable composites

January 21, 2021 — A WSU research team has created a recyclable carbon-fiber reinforced composite that could eventually replace the non-recyclable version used in everything from modern airplane wings and wind turbines to sporting goods.

Led by Jinwen Zhang, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, researchers developed a recyclable material that is as strong as commonly used carbon-fiber composites and can also be broken down in very hot water within a pressure vessel. The new material could be easily substituted into current manufacturing processes.

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5 Years for Dr. Li!

January 22, 2020 — Congratulations to Dr. Hui Li for 5 years of exemplary service at Washington State University!

Making energy-efficient buildings healthier

Julia Day Portrait

November 13, 2019 – When it’s built later this year, the Catalyst Building in Spokane’s University District will be one of the most innovative buildings in the country — a planned carbon net-zero hub and one of the world’s most energy efficient.

As part of the project, researchers in WSU’s Integrated Design and Construction Laboratory (ID+CL) are studying how people will experience and interact with the new building.

Julia Day, assistant professor in the School of Design and Construction and director of the ID+CL, is developing a tenant engagement program for the multi-tenant Catalyst building, a five-story, 150,000-square-foot facility. The spaces for the anchor tenant, … » More …

Coffee grounds could create a stronger type of plastic

October 8, 2019 – WSU research shows that coffee grounds, usually viewed as a waste product, can be used to form a new, stronger type of plastic.

Poly‑lactic acid (PLA), derived from corn starch, is used in medical supplies and for 3D printing, said Yu-Chung Chang, research lead and Ph.D. candidate in material engineering. On its own, PLA is brittle but when combined with oil coming from used coffee grounds, it’s more sustainable and cleaner, he said. “What we use is actually the waste part of the waste, where it has almost no monetary value,” Chang said. “But once we add it into our 3D printing … » More …

Welcome to Joshah Jennings!

October 1, 2019 – We’re excited to welcome Joshah Jennings to CMEC as the new Scientific Laboratory Manager!  Joshah joins us from the WSU Center for Materials Research where he has served as both the engineering laboratory manager and safety chair for that research unit.  Joshah will be responsible for overall safety in the PACCAR building, serve as the building coordinator, supervise PACCAR technical staff and provide technical support for CMEC’s manufacturing and testing facilities.

Welcome, Joshah!

CLT facility has roots at WSU

CLT in WSU's PACCAR building

September 27, 2019 – WSU researchers have been a key partner and recently joined in the opening celebration of what will eventually be the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) facility in the U.S.

Katerra, a California-based company, opened a 270,000-square-foot facility in Spokane last week that will eventually produce more than 11 million square feet of floors and roofs and employ up to 150 workers. Researchers in WSU’s Composite Materials Engineering Center (CMEC) helped Katerra develop advanced technologies used to make CLT and has supported the burgeoning industry.

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