Welcome to Engineering Systems and Environment Briefs, a place to find quick notes and posts from our department faculty, students, staff and alumni.

    VESTlab team wins 1st runner up in 2009 ConocoPhillips – Penn State Energy Prize!

    October 11, 2009

    Competition is designed to identify ‘game changing’ technology in energy production and consumption. The team from our lab was selected from over 170 submissions for our concept to deliver “gas-expanded lubricants” for improved efficiency in wind turbines. The competition included a presentation in front of a panel of judges at ConocoPhillips headquarters in Houston. You can learn more about the prize here.

    Andres, Fu Zhao (Purdue) and Jaime Camelio (Virginia Tech) co-chaired a session on Sustainable Manufacturing Processes at the ASME International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering in October at Purdue University.

    October 02, 2009

    Click here for more information.

    Andres named Virginia Space Grant – NASA Young Investigator

    June 11, 2009

    The grant will help support research into ‘smart’ and environmentally preferable lubricants for wind turbins and other rotating machinery.

    VESTlab in the news!

    June 02, 2009

    Climate change and high gas prices have made the public very interested in our biofuel efforts using algae. Lisa and Andres were recently interviewed by two TV stations (WCAV19WSET13) ,by National Public Radio, click to see clips and featured in UVA Today. Andres was also interviewed for a longer radio documentary on biofuels on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s science program Quirks & Quarks

    Mark Defends MS Thesis

    May 11, 2009

    His thesis work was focused on a life cycle assessment of coal fly ash reuse technologies. Congratulations Mark!!


    Algal biofuel project wins UVA seed funding.

    May 11, 2008

    As part of the University’s new Energy Research at Virginia program, a competitive proposal process identified the most promising energy related technologies being developed at UVA and VESTlab received a large piece of the $120,000 grant.