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Anantharaman Kalyanaraman, computer science professor and lead principal investigator, and his team test an AI system at the demo research farm at a center in Prosser, Washington.

Farming with bots

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter September 9, 2021

WSU received a $20 million grant in July prompting researchers to begin planning a future project that will support the development of artificial intelligence within the agricultural industry, which will...

Eric Barrow, Miles Pepper and Scott Hanson, employees of the Voiland College Machine Shop, are helping build the CentriFLEX prototype.

WSU researchers create device to grow cancer-killing cells

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor June 14, 2021

WSU researchers developed a device to rapidly grow killer T cells, immune cells that can be used to treat cancer.  Chemical engineering doctoral students Kitana Kaiphanliam and Brenden Fraser-Hevlin...

Travis Volz, who researched this during his doctoral work at WSU, experiments with diamonds in the Institute for Shock Physics’ Impact Laboratory.

Researchers create stronger diamond

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter April 29, 2021

Diamonds are the strongest material on Earth, but an even stronger type of diamond has been created in the lab. Hexagonal diamonds are stiffer and stronger than the typical cubic diamonds used for jewelry,...

Seafood waste is underutilized and has limited applications. The project will divert the waste toward a useful purpose.

Seafood waste used to improve concrete

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 29, 2021

WSU researchers are using a material found in crab shells to improve concrete and reduce carbon emissions.  The researchers plan to use chitin, which can be found in seafood shells, to create longer...

Alumnus Ranga Dias uses equipment that compresses and alters the properties of hydrogen-rich materials in his lab.

WSU alum recognized by Time magazine

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter April 22, 2021

WSU alumnus Ranga Dias has been recognized as an innovator and emerging leader by Time in its 2021 Time100 Next list for the creation of the first-ever room-temperature superconductor. Unlike ordinary...

To create electricity, the students built a system that burns waste and collects gas to convert to energy in the jars.

Students design system to create electricity in Nigeria

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 15, 2021

WSU students are designing a portable gasifier system to turn waste into electricity in Nigerian households. The systems are currently used in industrial plants in developed countries, said Corey...

The drill will have an abrasive head to get through thick layers of ice and dirt on the Red Planet. The team is creating blueprints and 3D printing drill models.

Students hope to find water on Mars

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 8, 2021

Two WSU students are designing a drill to reach water on Mars.  After listening to an episode of the podcast Planetary Radio, Quinn Morley, WSU undergraduate in mechanical engineering at the Olympic...

Typically, wastewater treatment uses aeration so bacteria can consume the organic materials found in wastewater, but the new process uses carbon.

New wastewater process less energy-intensive

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter February 25, 2021

WSU researchers found a more sustainable process to treat wastewater that uses less energy than current methods.  Wastewater is composed of organic materials, which bacteria consume to clean the water....

An eye tracker can rotate and follow a person’s eyes to monitor where they are looking. The technology allows a person’s eyes to control a mouse on a computer screen.

Students designed eye tracker testing rig

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter January 28, 2021

WSU engineering students are testing eye-tracking technology to improve the quality of life for people who have neurodegenerative diseases and no alternative way to communicate. Last semester, the team...

The technology works better in cars with higher gas mileage because they have probably sustained more engine damage than cars with lower mileage.

WSU alumnus creates technology to restore engines

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter January 21, 2021

Colfax-based company TriboTEX created an engine oil treatment that uses microscopically small particles called nanoparticles to extend an engine's life expectancy. The nanoparticles have two sides,...

The ventilator the students plan to engineer will be cheaper to produce than a typical venti- lator, which can cost between $10,000 and $50,000 because of design, test and profit costs.

WSU Tri-Cities students to create ventilator

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor January 21, 2021

When COVID-19 infections started to spread rapidly across the U.S., the demand for ventilators skyrocketed. A team of WSU electrical engineering students set out to design a low-cost machine that could...

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