Sustainability

Green energy, green chemistry, green manufacturing — we're engineering a more sustainable world.

With sea levels rising and natural habitats being destroyed, scientists are finding ways to meet the needs of the Earth’s current inhabitants without compromising the well-being of future generations.

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Clean Energy

Our energy needs are only growing, and traditional energy methods are fueling the fires of climate change. Clean energy is the future, and clean energy is Tandon-made. Our researchers are reimagining chemical manufacturing to strip out the "dirty" energy behind it, developing solar cells that are more reliable and more efficient than ever before, and envisioning the future of cities where the lights are kept on by clean, renewable power.

 

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Resilience

When natural disasters strike, our infrastructure needs to be ready. Tandon researchers are studying how we prepare for the worst. They’re researching how flooding in urban environments like New York City can be brought under control, how the power grid reacts when it’s put under pressure, and how cities can use AI to respond to disasters without falling into society-wide biases about groups of victims.

Miguel Modestino

Miguel Modestino

Chemical manufacturing currently consumes roughly 10% of the world’s energy demand, mostly in the form of fossil fuel-generated heat for thermochemical reactions. Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Miquel Modestino’s research is advancing organic electrosynthesis — which relies on electricity, not heat, to drive reactions — and which can be generated by solar, wind, or other renewable means, thereby reducing carbon emissions compared to current methods for thermochemical reactions, which rely on petroleum or coal.

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Francisco de Leon

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Francisco DeLeon works on power - how it is created, how it is stored, and how it is delivered to those who need it. His work centers on transient and steady-state analyses of power systems, the analysis of power definitions under different conditions, the efficiency of cables and transformers, and the calculation of electromagnetic and thermal fields applied to machine design and modeling. He is a member of the NYU Power Lab and the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT).

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Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)

The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the service of urban communities across the globe. Using New York City as our laboratory and classroom, we strive to develop novel data- and technology-driven solutions for complex urban problems.

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Connected Cities for Smart Mobility toward Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART)

C2SMART is a U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center for research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer activities. Rather than just focusing on developing technologies to make a city smarter, C2SMART is dedicated to a related critical step: how to connect these disparate technologies with cities of different population and infrastructure scales and different systems of systems.

Flood Rescue

International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP)

INTERCEP is the first academic center dedicated to organizational resilience and agility. The center maintains a global outreach with a special focus on multi-party collaboration including business-to-business and public-private partnerships. Acknowledging that "risk and reward" are at the core of all undertakings in both the public and private sectors, the Center focuses on the development of strategies to most effectively address uncertainty so as to achieve targeted objectives — in essence addressing "risks" to achieve "rewards".

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Multifunctional Material Systems Laboratory

Our research lies at the interface of multifunctional material development and electrochemical engineering. Electrochemical devices are ubiquitous to a broad range of energy conversion technologies and chemical processes.

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Power Lab

Unique in New York City, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a complete program in electrical power systems. Research areas include: Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Electric Machines, Electric Drives, Power Electronics, Electromagnetic Propulsion and Design, Distributed Generation, and Smart Grid.

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Silverman Laboratory

The Silverman Laboratory conducts research to understand and design sustainable and appropriate wastewater treatment process, in an effort to protect public health and environmental quality. Our research is focused on water quality, wastewater treatment, detection and control of waterborne pathogens, design of natural wastewater treatment systems (e.g., treatment ponds and constructed wetlands), and the safe reuse of human waste.

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Transformative Materials and Devices Lab

Our group focuses on the development of novel materials and devices for energy conversion and storage. True to our name, we design and study transformative technologies that have the ability to change the status quo and promote the adoption of sustainable energy generation and use.

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Urban Future Lab

Urban Future Lab (UFL) is the center of cleantech innovation in New York. We connect people, capital, and purpose to advance market-ready solutions to address climate change. UFL is part of our the NYU Tandon Future Labs, a network of business incubators and accelerators that support early-stage ventures in New York City.

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Urban Intelligence Lab

We are focused on creating new data-driven methodologies to observe, model, and analyze the urban environment. Our work is grounded in solving real-world problems and providing decision-makers with a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between physical infrastructure systems, natural systems, and human systems.

Traffic Engineering

Urban Mobility and ITS Systems Laboratory

It combines a series of new concepts, technologies and services to integrate information, vehicles and transportation infrastructure to increase mobility, safety and comfort, and reduce energy waste and pollution.