The planet is changing – and in some ways, not for the better. As we battle climate change, the world needs electrical and computer engineers to give us safe, alternative sources of power that can keep our environment clean, like solar, wind, and geothermal.
ECE is power – electrical and computer engineers were behind energy grids and the machines that run them all around the world. Now, these engineers will design a smart grid infrastructure that makes it possible to use alternative power sources in homes and industry. To keep power usage low and our carbon footprint lower, we'll also need efficient electronics that put less demand on our power plants and solar farms. That includes low-power screens and lights. And they'll continue to improve earth friendly electric vehicles.
Engineering a Better Future for Ethiopia
ECE faculty traveled to Ethiopia to help kickstart the nation's higher education in Controls Systems and Power.
Inspired by art, lightweight solar cells track the sun
By borrowing from the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, ECE researchers that can track the sun across the sky without heavy motors.
Solar panels have dropped 80% in cost since 2010
Germany Is Using AI to Smooth the Fluctuations in Its Power Grid