A team of Virginia Tech researchers is investigating the challenges presented by four often deadly pathogens that have been documented in household or hospital tap water. They propose fighting these opportunistic pathogens with harmless microbes.
A look at the Hardware In the Loop stratagies employed by The Ohio State University EcoCAR Team:
Students from Mississippi State University placed first in the 2010 EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge finals in San Diego last week after designing and building a biodiesel extended-range electric vehicle. Virginia Tech finished with an ethanol-powered EREV design and Penn State came in third after building a biodiesel EREV vehicle.
The eruption of a volcano in Iceland and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have drawn attention to the concept of how particles flow both in the air and in water. A pair of researchers at Virginia Tech and at École Polytechnique, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium say that flow, though seemingly random, can be characterized more effectively.
Shane Ross and colleague Francois Lekien reported their findings in the publication Chaos. Their research “will aid scientists and engineers in understanding and in controlling this type of global-scale phenomena, such as pollution dispersion in the atmosphere and the ocean, and large-scale transport of biological organisms, including airborne plant pathogens and respiratory disease agents,” said Ishwar Puri, head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics department at Virginia Tech.