The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) received $5 million in capital funding from New York State as part of a $96.2 million award given to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council on December 19. According to Dr. Nabil Nasr, director of GIS, the money will be used to equip laboratories and test beds in the new GIS headquarters building, which recently opened in January 2013.
On December 13, a television crew from Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) visited the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS), an applied research unit of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The crew was here as part of the production of a documentary, "The Great Rebirth," scheduled to air on South Korea's national TV and radio network this January. The documentary focuses on how the lack of raw materials and a struggling global economy are driving worldwide interest in the benefits of remanufacturing. In addition to filming inside many CIMS labs, the TV crew interviewed Dr. Nabil Nasr, director of CIMS, an internationally known expert and advocate of remanufacturing.
The first meeting of the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab steering committee was held at GIS on December 12. This laboratory will be housed in the new GIS building and will focus on research to improve tools, technologies and expertise in the sustainable production of office products and services. Brian Hilton, senior staff engineer at CIMS, has been named the lab director. (photo by Laura Nelson)
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is hosting its annual Research and Development Student Competition, “Go Green on Campus” or G2C. The competition requires students to identify a specific activity at their university with a large environmental footprint and come up with innovative solutions to make their campus more environmentally friendly. Student teams will exhibit their results and compete for prizes in Albany on April 24, 2013. G2C is in its second year and this is the first year that the competition is open to students from all New York State colleges and universities.
"This year's competition is state-wide and will give a variety of undergraduate and graduate student teams the opportunity to develop ideas focused on environmental sustainability on their campus. The students will gain valuable experience in identifying inefficiencies and developing innovative and cost-effective solutions. We are looking forward to meeting the students and reviewing their projects." said Anahita Williamson, director of the NYSP2I.
Ph.D. student Matthew Ganter won first prize and an iPad at the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) conference. His poster submission was titled “End-of-Life Management of LiFePO4 from Commercial Batteries” and included research from a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) -funded effort. Matthew’s advisor is Brian Landi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and sustainability at RIT’s NanoPower Research Labs at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.
Not to be outdone, GIS Ph.D. students Xue Wang and Tess Garvey recently presented work from their dissertations at the first National Science Foundation-sponsored Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference in Washington, DC. Tess was also honored as a recipient of a Graduate Student Travel Award. At the same conference, GIS faculty Gabrielle Gaustad and Callie Babbitt presented an overview of the sustainable nanotechnology curriculum developed at the Institute.
A national sustainable design contest recognized three RIT students for their innovative design for user-repairable LCD monitors, a concept they developed in the Sustainable Product Design studio taught by GIS assistant professor Callie Babbitt and GIS program faculty Alex Lobos. The "Easy Access Computer Monitor" was designed by Gabriel Nicasio, Praneeth Pulusani and John Zakrzewski and took first place in the Design for (Your) Product Lifetime Student Challenge sponsored by Autodesk and iFixit. Lobos said “it's a great example of the type of innovative work that comes from inter-disciplinary courses such as Sustainable Product Design."
Dennis A. Andrejko, FAIA , chairman of the Master of Architecture Program was a recent recipient of the Matthew del Gaudio Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) of New York State. This award recognizes individuals who have provided distinguished service and leadership, and demonstrated notable competence in advancing the profession of architecture. Professor Andrejko also recently concluded work as a member of the committee responsible for the launch of AIA’s October publication, An Architect’s Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process, a tool to help architects more accurately predict the energy consumption in their design projects.
In late October, Dr. Nabil Nasr, director of GIS, took part in the 10th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing (GCSM) in Istanbul, Turkey. Professor Nasr gave a keynote presentation titled “Product Life-Cycle Management and Closed-Loop Systems” to the assembled attendees. Dr. Nasr has been a member of the conference’s International Scientific Committee since its inception. The annual conferences are supported by the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).