Making News, December 2013

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has announced that Joseph N. Mait, Ph.D. (VA A ’79), was recently chosen to become the chief scientist of ARL. Mait has worked at ARL since 1988 and is also a senior technical researcher. He spoke about his vision for the lab, “A key element of this is realizing the lab’s discovery and innovation potential, while fostering connections between the lab and the Army community,” said Mait. Read the news story

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At the recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union, researchers presented designs for a new type of geothermal power plant “that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) underground – and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation by at least ten times compared to existing geothermal energy approaches.”

Co-author of the study, Jeffrey M. Bielicki, Ph.D. (IN D ’96), explained “Typical geothermal power plants tap into hot water that is deep under ground, pull the heat off the hot water, use that heat to generate electricity, and then return the cooler water back to the deep subsurface. Here the water is partly replaced with CO2 or another fluid – or a combination of fluids.” For more information on the potential expansion of geothermal energy this new approach could have, read the news article from the University of Ohio State College of Engineering.

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Kelly N. Colomb, LA D 2013, was recently named the Outstanding Graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She earned a degree in mechanical engineering, served as president of the student chapter of ASME, and completed an internship with Chevron. Upon completion of her internship, she was offered and accepted a full-time position as a facilities engineer at the company’s Gulf of Mexico Corporate headquarters. Click here for more information on Colomb and her potentially being recognized as the overall Outstanding Graduate during this Friday’s Commencement ceremony.

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