In a resource-limited world, UA engineers are pioneering
technologies for more efcient use of our nite natural resources
Engineering Solutionsto Social Challenges
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By Tom Peterson
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Fall 2008 • Vol. 31, No. 2
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You have probably been ollow-ing news o the successul PhoenixMars Mission, led by Te Univer-sity o Arizona, as it analyzes thepolar Martian soil or evidence o water and other chemical species.Te intellectual pursuit o inor-mation about resources on Marscertainly captures our imagination.Perhaps less glamorous, butcertainly ar more critical, arethe resource challenges here onEarth that are in many waysunprecedented in history. Energy, water and natural resource needshave risen to levels that aect thepolitical and social iber o theentire globe.Our alumni and students areintegrally involved in the Phoenixmission. Similarly, the Collegeo Engineering and its aculty,students and alumni are doing theirpart to solve some o the technolog-ical problems on which hinge thebalanced use o the planet’s energy, water and other natural resources.Tis newsletter highlights a smallsample o this work.Not surprisingly, given our loca-tion in the sunny Southwest, someactivities in our college ocus onboth the benets and the potentialdangers o living in an area o highinsolation. Joe Simmons, head o the Department o Materials Scienceand Engineering, leads the univer-sitywide Arizona Research Instituteor Solar Energy (AzRISE).Under the supervision o Ray Kostuk, proessor in the Depart-ment o Electrical and ComputerEngineering, a group o engineer-ing students designed and builtinstrumentation that will evaluatethe eciency o photoconversiondevices. And a group o our seniordesign students is developing real-istic solar ovens that can, surpris-ingly, be used indoors.In addition, realizing the potentialdangers to long-term exposure tosolar rays, Jennier Barton, proes-sor o biomedical engineering, isdeveloping new methods or early detection o skin cancers and othercancers and abnormalities that existon the surace o tissues.Materials or construction andmanuacturing, such as copperand aluminum, are in highdemand as countries such asChina and India undergo substantialeconomic growth.David Lowell, College o Engi-neering alum and probably the world’s most prolic discoverero copper ore, has invested in aprogram here in mining engineer-ing that is designed to assist in thecontinuing education o miningengineers throughout the world.Loren Wood, engineer, nancialadviser and adventurer, has honoredhis ather with an endowed Proes-sorship in Aerospace and Mechani-cal Engineering. You can read about all thesedevelopments in engineering in thepages that ollow. Clearly, solutionsto many pressing societal problemsare only going to be ound throughengineering and technology. Ouraculty and students are contributingtangible solutions to some o theseproblems, and we’re proud o theprograms they represent.
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