Continual Innovation

Imagine...Continual Innovation

Innovation is exciting—and necessary. In ACES we focus on innovation not for its own sake, but to affect the way we live and work. Using science to stretch the frontiers of knowledge, we create new technologies, develop new processes, and change paradigms across a range of disciplines—food and agricultural systems, natural resources and the environment, human activities and health, energy and biological systems, and more. Research findings often lead to applications that were never anticipated, in areas that create entirely new opportunities.

ACES scientists merge expertise from multiple specialties to master problems in novel and multifaceted ways like combining pioneering biology with engineering principles to apply nanotechnology to animal and crop production.

Imagination breeds innovation in ACES, ranging from engineering and technology to biological and environmental systems, to natural and managed processes. We are advancing society’s pathways to progress as new ideas continually come to life in ACES.

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Highlighted Research

Dr. Yuanhui Zhang
Air Quality
Dr. Yuanhui Zhang
Air pollutants are primarily transported by air flow. Because of this, it is critical to measure and model air flow so that the transportation and fate of air pollutants can be characterized, predicted, and controlled. The Indoor Air Quality Lab led by Dr. Yuanhui Zhang has developed 3-dimensional, real-time Lagrangan particle tracking (LPT) that can accurately measure air flow fields, velocity, pressure gradient, and acceleration. It not only can track particles such as droplets from a sneeze, but can also be applied to study other objects in a fluid flow such as bees in a field, the flight pattern of a flock of birds, or football players in a field.


Dr. Tom Voigt

Bioenergy today is taking on new forms and coming from new, ingenious sources. One of these sources is the prairie. CPSC 215 helps students identify the origins, forms, usage, and importance of energy we use today. The class discusses the interplay between the prairie environment, sun, carbon, photosynthesis, and energy. Students will gain knowledge on the development of the prairie, as well