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Ian Lin

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Isabel Yang

Isabel Yang Undergraduate Researcher Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright 2117 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: isabelyang@berkeley.edu Bio Research Interests

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Karthik Gururangan

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Dante Chavarría Barrientos

I am a Ph.D. candidate from Tecnologico de Monterrey. My research area is related to enterprise engineering for manufacturing. I am interested in smart manufacturing, cyber-physical production systems, and other systems related to the newborn Industry 4.0. I believe that sustainability

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Michail Kiziroglou

Michail E. Kiziroglou obtained his diploma in electrical and computer engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2000 and his master in microelectronics from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, in 2003. He holds a Ph.D. in microelectronics and Si

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Allison Green

Allison Green Undergraduate Researcher Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright 2117 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: allisongreen@berkeley.edu Bio Allison is currently a second year undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering.  She joined the AME lab in September 2016.  Allison is

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Rafael Send

Rafael Send; B.S December 2012, EECS; Design and implementation of a low-energy wireless sensor node (“Granular Radio EnErgy-sensing Node” or GREEN), Codeshelf, Inc.

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Anna Railanmaa

Anna Railanmaa Visiting Researcher Advisors: Prof. Paul K. Wright, Prof. Donald Lupo 2117 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: anna.railanmaa@berkeley.edu Bio Anna is a visiting researcher from Tampere University of Technology, Finland. She received her Master’s of Science

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Anna E D’Alessio

Anna D’Alessio Graduate Researcher Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright 1115 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: adalessio@berkeley.edu Bio Anna is currently a 4th year PhD student working on sustainable manufacturing. She started graduate school at UC Berkeley in

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Payton Goodrich

Payton Goodrich Graduate Researcher Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright 4th Floor, Sutardja Dai Hall UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: paytongoodrich_at_berkeley_dot_edu https://www.linkedin.com/in/paytongoodrich https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Payton_Goodrich   Bio Payton is a M.S./Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering graduate student. His current work focuses on printed thermoelectric

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Thoravi Balasaravanan

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Flextech project overview

A short video introduction of the research Advanced Manufacturing for Energy is doing in flexible printed batteries for the Flextech alliance.

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Data on where former students end up

A list of where former students from the Interactive Device Design course (taught by Paul Wright and Bjorn Hartmann) have ended up. Accenture Apple Apple – Firmware Eng Apple – Product Design Engineer Apple Camera HW Apple Sw Eng Apple,

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Battery and Super Capacitor Demo Unit.

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Our successful test bed demo. Setup includes a TEG (thermoelectric power generators) on the left, boost converter (to raise voltage – green board), printed battery array, printed supercap array, and sensor node on the bottom. Our test bed operated for

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AME Victorious

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Our research team celebrating a job well done!

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InfoPad project – early research project on wireless computing

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Early 1990 promotional video of the collaboration to make the InfoPad prototype.

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Bernard Kim

Bernard Kim Graduate Researcher Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright 450 Sutardja Dai Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: bernard.kim@berkeley.edu         Bio Bernard is currently a third-year M.S./Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering under Prof. Paul Wright. He joined

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Zhiwei Wu

Zhiwei Wu Graduate Researcher Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright 2111 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: zway@berkeley.edu Bio I joined Professor Wright’s group in Fall 2014 as a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC, Berkeley.

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Dominic Cincione

Dominic Cincione Graduate Researcher Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright 2111 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: Bio Research Interests BMI Projects A Fully Integrated, Printed, Self-Rechargeable Wireless Sensor Node for Engine and Motor Condition Monitoring

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Zach Gima

Zach Gima Graduate Researcher Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright, Prof. Scott J. Moura 4th Floor, Sutardja Dai Hall UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: ztakeo_at_berkeley_dot_edu LinkedIn CV Bio Zach is a M.S./Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering graduate student. His current work with

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AME at PowerMEMS conference Japan

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AME was well represented at the 2014 PowerMEMS conference in Awaji, Japan. A total of 5 contributions were presented, almost half of the 12 total submissions from the U.S. A list of publications with links is below. We met with

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Successful testing of printed super capacitors

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Dominic shows off the working printed super capacitors!

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Former Governor (MI) Jennifer Granholm and Ed Huang from Ford visit the AME Lab

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Sean Wihera

Sean Wihera BECI Analyst UC Berkeley Sutardja Dai Hall Level 4 Email: swihera@berkeley.edu Bio Sean is the Analyst with the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) where he provides strategic analysis on institutional objectives and identifies new collaborative opportunities in

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New lab spaces in Etcheverry Hall up and running

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We are pleased to announce that our new wet and mechanical lab spaces in 2117 and 2115 Etcheverry Hall are now up and running. For more information, make sure to have a look at our labs page.  

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Engineering for all

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Prof. Paul Wright is quoted in an article on the “maker movement” published by the National Science Foundation: Without the right tools, the maker movement would have had a hard time getting off the ground. According to Paul Wright, a

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Printed Thermoelectric Generators

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The aim of this work is to design a printed thermoelectric generator to scavenge waste heat off of virtually any hot surface. Previous studies conducted in this lab produced novel techniques for printing both the p-type and n-type materials that,

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Building Electric Energy Sensing

Stick-on Electric Energy Monitoring Systems

Introduction: In this project, we are developing a stick-on electric energy monitoring system for residential and commercial buildings. The system leverages novel remote sensing technologies to accurately reconstruct electric currents and voltages from the magnetic field and electric field measurements. Giant

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Granular Radio EnErgy-sensing Node (GREEN)

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This device implements a mesh network. Conceivable applications include distributed environmental sensing, household monitoring and any other space where many small sensor nodes are required. The current use case being explored is circuit-breaker panel monitoring using GMR magnetic sensors to measure

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Cooling High-Power LEDs With Piezoelectric Fans

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Research project in conjunction with Siemens AG. The project’s goal is to cool a high-powered LED, simulated with resistive heaters attached to an aluminum block, from 100 ºC down to the 50-60 ºC range. Siemens requested that the solution be

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Non-Intrusive Testing of Underground Power Distribution Cables

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Power distribution companies rely on miles of aging underground cables to distribute electricity with no cost-effective way of telling which are in danger of failing. One of the problems that can arise in these cables is the failure of current

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A Fully Integrated, Printed, Self-Rechargeable Wireless Sensor Node for Engine and Motor Condition Monitoring

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We envision a new generation of cyber-physical products designed, manufactured, maintained and serviced in a consistent way over their complete life cycle.

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Sensor Instrumentation to Improve Safety in U.S. Underground Coal Mines

Coal mine safety sensor system to prevent dust explosions

Coal mining is recognized as a dangerous undertaking. Explosions of gases that may exist underground (e.g. methane) and of fine coal dust mixed with air are well-known hazards, in addition to which are unexpected structural collapses. This project is aimed

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Marco Salvioli

Marco Salvioli Visiting Scholar Advisor: Professor Paul K. Wright 2117 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: msalvioli@berkeley.edu Bio Marco Salvioli is an MSc Graduate Researcher with a strong background in the automotive industry. After accomplishing his BSc in Mechanical Engineering

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Self-Adaptive Energy Harvesting

Self-tuning resonant energy harvesting experimental set-up

Vibrational energy harvesting seeks to transform the energy in mechanical vibrations to useful electrical power to operate small electrical devices. Most vibrational harvesters rely upon the resonance of a structure excited by input vibrations to develop the large deformations necessary

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Dr. Son Duy Nguyen

  Dr. Son Duy Nguyen Post Doctoral Researcher Advisor: Prof. Igor Paprotny, Prof. Richard White, Prof. Paul K. Wright 2111 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: nguyen.duyson@berkeley.edu Bio I joined the team at UC Berkeley in March 2013 as

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Martin Cowell

Martin Cowell PhD Candidate Advisor: Prof. Paul K. Wright 450 Sutardja Dai Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/martin-cowell Github: github.com/martincowell Website: martincowell.com E-mail: martin.cowell@berkeley.edu Research I research energy management for device-scale embedded electronic systems. I’ve demonstrated novel power management systems for

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Dr. Pit Pillatsch

Dr. Pit Pillatsch Post Doctoral Researcher at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute Advisor: Professor Paul K. Wright 2111 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: ppillatsch@berkeley.edu Bio I joined the team at UC Berkeley in early 2014 as

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Modern Marvels – Start to Finish – Prof. Paul Wright

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Professor Paul Wright’s appearance on the Modern Marvels Television show on History channel. Modern Marvels – From Start to Finish Download video: MP4 format

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Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Node for Monitoring of Overhead Power Lines

A prototype of a self-powered wireless sensor node for monitoring of overhead power lines.

The idea of using sensors to measure everything enables us to seamlessly interact with our surroundings. Ubiquitously distributed sensor nodes [e.g. SmartDust, SWARM] is becoming a significant part of our digital life in this post personal computing era. However, unlike

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Associate Professor Sara McMains

Professor Sara McMains Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering 5145 Etcheverry Hall, Mailstop 1740 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-1740 510-642-9359 CalNet Directory

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Professor Carlo H. Sequin

Professor, CS Division, EECS Dept., U.C. Berkeley, (Graphics Group) Facilities Development Officer, College of Engineering UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING EECS COMPUTER SCIENCE DIVISION 639 SODA HALL # 1776 BERKELEY CA 94720-1776  CalNet Directory

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Professor James W. Evans

  Professor Emeritus, Plato Malozemoff Professor in Mineral Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering 316 Hearst Memorial Mining Building UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 CalNet Directory

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Professor David A. Dornfeld

Professor David Dornfeld Will C. Hall Family Chair in Engineering Professor of Mechanical Engineering 6143 Etcheverry Hall, Mailstop 1740, University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-1740 510-643-7013 CalNet Directory

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Professor Richard M. White

Richard M. White is a professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and a Co-Founding Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Current research interests include wireless microsensors and energy scavenging devices for use in electric

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Michael Nill

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Hiva Esmaeili

Hiva Esmaeili Undergraduate student researcher Advisor: Professor Paul K. Wright 4th floor,Sutardja Dai Hall UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 E-mail: hesmaeili@berkeley.edu   Bio Hiva joined Paul Wright’s lab in Summer 2011 as an undergraduate researcher working with Alic Chen on a

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Igor Paprotny, Ph.D.

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Dan Chapman

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Dan Chapman has been working with Paul Wright for close to 20 years. He is Lab Manager for BMI/AME. Curator and Invention Lab Manager for CITRIS BA Illustration from CCAC Email: d_chapman@berkeley.edu Senior Artist and Curator of the CITRIS Tech

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Chun Hsing Wu

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Yiping Zhu, Ph.D.

Yiping Zhu, Postdoc Advisor: Paul Wright Email: zhuyp@berkeley.edu Fabrication and Characterization of PZT Thin Film for Energy Harvesting Application Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) is a well-known piezoelectric material which has outstanding piezoelectric performance. A variety of techniques including pulsed laser deposition

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Lee Weinstein

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Lee Weinstein Advisor: Paul Wright Email: lweinstein@berkeley.edu Battery-Replacement Scale Energy Harvesting from HVAC Flows for Wireless Sensor Networks Through sensing and control the efficiency, reliability and quality of commercial and residential HVAC systems can be improved significantly. Wireless sensor networks are

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Andrew Waterbury

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Bio Education University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, 2011 M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2008 Brown University B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2006 Research Vibration Harvesting Using Electromagnetic Transduction Energy harvesting extends the life of wireless sensor nodes enabling longer deployments and greater

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Zuoqian (Joe) Wang

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Zuoqian Wang, PhD 2013 Advisors: Paul Wright, James Evans Email: zqwang@me.berkeley.edu Flexographic Printing for Large Scale Zinc-Based Battery Fabrication Flexographic printing techniques provide a cost effective, environmental friendly manufacturing method for large-scale energy storage fabrication. What I am working on towards

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Lindsay M. Miller

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Lindsay Miller, PhD 2012 Advisor: Paul Wright Email: lindsay@kingkong.me.berkeley.edu Passively Self-Tuning Beam-Mass System for Frequency-Insensitive Vibration Energy Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Networks There is a growing demand for autonomous wireless sensor networks, especially as power requirements for radio transmitters and microprocessors

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Deepa Madan

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Deepa Madan, PhD 2014 Advisor: Paul Wright Email: deepam@berkeley.edu Dispenser-Printed Composite Thermoelectric Thick Films for Thermoelectric Energy Harvesters for Wireless Sensor Network Used in Structural Health Monitoring Applications This research is concerned with the structural health monitoring (SHM) of pipes. We

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Jay Keist

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Jay Keist, PhD 2012 Advisor: Paul Wright Email: jkeist@berkeley.edu Zinc Based Energy Storage Utilizing Ionic Liquid Electrolytes: In-situ Analysis of the Electrode/Electrolyte Interface Zinc based batteries offer the highest power density of rechargeable batteries that are available commercially with power densities

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Rei-Cheng Juang, Ph.D.

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Dispenser-Printed Thermoelectric Energy Generation Rei-Cheng Juang, Visiting Scholar Advisor: Paul Wright Email: rcJuang@itri.org.tw Web Page: http://www.netd.itri.org.tw/index.htm Rei-Cheng Juang is a researcher in Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) at Taiwan. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Chung Cheng

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Alic Chen

Bio Alic Chen is a Post-doctoral Researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. His research is focused on two fronts: (1) Methods to improve LED efficiency through cooling with low-noise piezoelectric fans and (2) design

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Professor Paul K. Wright

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Paul K. Wright Director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute A. Martin Berlin Chair in Mechanical Engineering E-mail: pwright@me.berkeley.edu Research Web Page: http://www.me.berkeley.edu/faculty/wright/ 100 word CV 08 2016 FULL PAGE BIO 2014-08-03 NSF formatted 2 page Bio FULL CV 2016-08

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Dr. Qiliang (Richard) Xu

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Dr. Qiliang Richard Xu Postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute 2111 Etcheverry Hall UC Berkeley, California, USA, 94720 Email: qlxu@berkeley.edu   Bio Richard Xu is passionate about creating new technologies that define and transform the sustainable future of

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Rich Winslow

Rich Winslow, PhD 2014 Advisors: Paul Wright, James Evans Email: rwinslow4@berkeley.edu Resume/CV 450 Sutardja Dai Hall Desk 72 University of California Berkeley, CA 94720 Development and Manufacture of Ionic Liquid-based Gel Polymer Electrolytes for Printed Energy Storage Renewable energy solutions

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Christopher Sherman

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Christopher Sherman, PhD 2013 Advisor: Paul Wright, Richard White Email: ctsherman@berkeley.edu Proximity-Based Current Sensors for Smart Grid Applications

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Jason Trager

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Jason Trager, PhD 2014 Advisor: Paul Wright Email: jst314@berkeley.edu Sensor-Based Feedback for a Socio-Technical Energy Efficiency Protocol

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Peter Minor

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Peter Minor, PhD 2013 Advisor: Paul Wright Email: pminor@berkeley.edu Ongoing Research into the Impact Durability of Thermal Barrier Coatings

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Automated installation of grid-scale photovoltaic modules

Going forward the balance of system cost for grid-scale photovoltaics (PV) is projected to be an increasing fraction of the total cost for PV that dominates the manufacturing cost of a panel.

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Battery-Replacement Scale Energy Harvesting From HVAC Flows

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Create an energy scavenging device that produces over 100 µW of power in air flows of 2-5 m/s. These operating conditions are characteristic of HVAC systems, and the power output would be sufficient to run a low-power wireless sensor node

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Demand Response

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Knowledge is power when it comes to saving electricity. Wireless Sensing of Circuit-Breaker Currents is a simple way to keep tabs on consumption, and take advantage of lower electricity prices when demand-response incentives kick in.

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Printed Zn/MnO2 Batteries with an Ionic Liquid-based Gel Polymer Electrolyte

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Advancements in manufacturing have allowed electronics to move from the rigid circuit board to flexible substrates. Novel inks are being made to print sensors and even energy harvesters. To support these devices and the systems they are a part of,

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Distributed Intelligent Automated Demand Response

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Distributed Intelligent Automated Demand Response (DIADR) is a proposed system to achieve aggregated control of building resources in order to lower power grid stress during times of peak electrical load.

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Vibration Energy Harvesting

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Machine Monitoring – Fully autonomous condition monitoring wireless sensor nodes powered by vibration energy harvesting. Monitoring valuable equipment eliminates unanticipated failures while enabling maintenance to be scheduled only when it is necessary. Thus, equipment utilization improves, and cascading events are

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Underground Power Distribution Monitoring

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Sensor-Based Cables for Underground Reliability of Electricity Infrastructures (SECURE) takes aim at a fundamental problem: utilities rely on miles of aging underground cables to distribute electricity, with no cost-effective way of telling which are in danger of failing.

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Natural Gas Pipeline Sensors

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New low-cost natural-gas pipeline sensors can be deployed widely to inspect the underground pipelines that convey and store natural gas, often within densely populated regions. More inspections and more data mean earlier warning of potential problems.

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Electric Power Sensing for Demand Response

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Upcoming Smart Grid initiative necessitates the distribution of thousands of sensors to monitor the operation of the future U.S. power grid. Our group is developing small and inexpensive self-powered sensor modules that can be non-intrusively deployed (simply attached to equipment)

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Dispenser Printed Thermoelectric Energy Generators

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Thermoelectric energy generators are attractive as potential energy harvesters for converting waste thermal energy into electrical power. Optimized thermoelectric device designs require large density arrays of high aspect ratio elements currently unachievable with common manufacturing technologies.

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Printed Supercapacitors with an Ionic Liquid-based Gel Polymer Electrolyte

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Supercapacitors are used in high power applications where the low current limitation of batteries is inadequate to meet the need of an electronic device. Either used in tandem with a battery to provide short bursts of high current, or as

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