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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Publications

Bringing more women to computer science

WSU Students Rae Marks and Joanne Magtiby with Professor Shira Broschat.
It’s no secret that while computer science offers great job prospects and interesting careers, attracting women to the field has been problematic. In fact, fewer women are entering computer science than a generation ago. Many women who initially have an interest in the field often become discouraged and quit. » More ...

Walls made from trash

Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture students presented their energy-saving walls made from trash to as many as 30,000 people at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.

TrashWall is a collaborative effort between WSU’s engineering and architecture students. Guided by Taiji Miyasaka, associate professor of architecture in the School of Design and Construction, and Bob Richards, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the students use trash to create walls that sustain heat and improve energy efficiency.

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Strategic funding leads to community health analytics research institute

For most of the twentieth century, people didn’t worry about an illness like strep throat or an infected cut because they could go to the doctor for a quick dose of antibiotics, which was invariably followed by a quick recovery.

Slowly, however, microbes developed resistance to the miracle drugs, and in the United States, at least two million infections and 23,000 deaths are attributable to antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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State advances as hotbed of energy innovation

Logo - Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC)

Washington State University is a partner in a grant to research, develop, and demonstrate technologies to create “smart” buildings, campuses, and cities to better manage energy use.

Once buildings and devices are smarter—managing energy resources optimally on their own—they also can be more responsive to the needs of the power grid.

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Holistic approach to developing smarter cities

Researchers in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture are leading a five-year, $1.5 million initiative to develop a framework to monitor, predict, and control energy and air quality in an urban environment, and record resulting health impacts in Spokane’s University District. » More ...