From developing innovative solar technologies to coming up with new ways to sequester carbon, Wake Forest researchers are helping drive the future of advanced manufacturing in North Carolina.
Wake Forest students and professors will showcase their engineering research during a prestigious two-day conference hosted by Duke University and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), “The New Engineering Frontier: Manufacturing for the Grand Challenges,” on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Cary, N.C.
The event will bring leading researchers from across the state, manufacturing moguls and government officials together to discuss how North Carolina will help realize the 14 grand challenges in engineering set forth by the NAE.
“Today, the field of engineering encompasses a lot more than it did a decade ago,” says Bruce King, the associate provost of research. “At Wake Forest, we are engineering new ways to produce clean energy, clean our air of carbon and enhance our security needs, to name only a few projects.”
Members of Wake Forest’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) will showcase several new initiatives focused on making energy production cleaner and more affordable both here at home and abroad in developing countries.
David Carroll, the director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, and his students will present on an innovative new solar technology that utilizes both solar and thermal energy and a novel method to spray organic electronics on surfaces, to name only a few of the many projects currently under development at the Center.