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.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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