It always brings me pleasure to highlight the accomplishments of my undergraduate alma mater, UC Irvine. The UCI Anteaters recently completed their newest building, the $40.2 million Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. As reported in “Legal Eagles Save Energy” in the September 2007 edition of Energy & Power Management Magazine (now Sustainable Facility Magazine), this facility exceeds the energy saving specifications of California’s strict Title 24 by 20 percent.
UCI mandated aggressive efficiency requirements as part of the initial bidding process. However, exceeding Title 24 is particularly impressive because the six-story 160,000 square-foot building originally began its life as two buildings, but it had to be scaled down to meet UCI’s budget. The down-sized building was left with electrical rooms smaller than 114 square feet. Tiny electrical rooms demanded development of a custom-built miniature transformer because a traditional transformer and Integrated Facility System could not fit inside the available space. The building contractor, Andersen & Howard, selected Eaton to perform the transformer design and installation.
This Anteater is pleased to see that the dedication to energy technology and the environment UC Irvine has pioneered in its research is carried through to practice in the specification of UCI’s new buildings.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.