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  • Mar 4
    2021
    Steven DenBaars and Shuji Nakamura, UC Santa Barbara professors of materials and of electrical and computer engineering, have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Spirit of Innovation award, a business community celebration of local inventors, their accomplishments and entrepreneurship. “It really is an honor to recognize Shuji Nakamura and Steve DenBaars,” said... read more »
  • Feb 3
    2021
    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) and Facebook are announcing a new partnership that will accelerate research into energy-efficient data centers and artificial intelligence (AI). Facebook, a leader in developing, building, and operating highly reliable and efficient data centers, will provide a three-year, $1.5 million... read more »
  • Feb 1
    2021
    It’s the late 1980s and Shuji Nakamura is on to something. Working in a corporate lab, the Japanese engineer is convinced that if the conditions were just right in his metal organic chemical vapor deposition machine, he might be able to grow the high-quality gallium nitride (GaN) crystals that could make possible the highly sought blue LED. His days are a succession of... read more »
  • Jan 26
    2021
    The key to the incredible speed of a quantum computer lies in its ability to fabricate and manipulate quantum bits, or qubits, typically artificial particles such as ions, superconducting oscillators or protons. Quantum properties allow qubits to form entanglement, a phenomenon that provides far more processing power than the binary bits that drive today’s classical... read more »
  • Jan 26
    2021
    While computer technology continues to progress rapidly, the growing power demands of data centers have created a bottleneck by pushing electrical input-output systems to their physical limits. Maintaining progress will require a significant shift in how computers are built. In recent years, photonics — which refers to revolutionary systems in which light waves are used... read more »
  • Jan 14
    2021
    US carbon pollution dropped by 10.3% in 2020 to the lowest level in three decades, according to an estimate from Rhodium Group this week. That will significantly help the country hit targets outlined in the Paris Agreement. 
  • Jan 13
    2021
    COVID-19 can be transmitted when an infected person talks, coughs, sneezes or sings, expelling virus-containing respiratory droplets that can reach the mouth, nose or eyes of previously uninfected people. These aqueous droplets tend to fall rapidly out of the air and evaporate on the floor or the ground, but some smaller droplets can evaporate before reaching the ground,... read more »
  • Jan 13
    2021
    Joining such notables as Nelson Mandela, Marie Curie and Adam Smith, industrial ecologist Sangwon Suh has become an invited member of the Royal Society of Arts. The organization, which traces its roots back to 1754 and the cusp of the industrial revolution, was founded to encourage the arts, manufacturing and commerce. In its invitation to Suh, the society cites his... read more »
  • Jan 7
    2021
    As the planet continues to warm, the twin challenges of diminishing water supply and growing energy demand will intensify. But water and energy are inextricably linked. For instance, nearly a fifth of California’s energy goes toward water-related activities, while more than a tenth of the state’s electricity comes from hydropower. As society tries to adapt to one... read more »
  • Dec 18
    2020
    With the Institute for Energy Efficiency’s state-of-the-art Henley Hall now up and running, we have safely opened 6 of 17 planned labs. Information on each of the six labs is outlined below: Galan Moody Lab Name:  Quantum Photonics Lab Research Area(s):  Quantum Information   Our lab develops integrated photonic and... read more »
  • Dec 15
    2020
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - Santa Barbara, CA:  Their award-winning research has been the foundation for numerous energy-saving innovations, including bright and energy-saving white light LED lighting, more energy-efficient data-center communications and interconnects, and software that reduces energy usage in buildings worldwide. How fitting, then, that UC Santa Barbara... read more »
  • Dec 8
    2020
    An emerging generation of artificial intelligence could get one step closer to passing the Turing test — a means of determining whether or not a computer is capable of thinking like a human being — all while helping you with your holiday shopping. With $1 million in funding over three years from Google, a team of computer scientists that includes UC Santa Barbara’s ... read more »
  • Dec 7
    2020
    Click here to watch the virtual tour video of the Institute for Energy Efficiency's Henley Hall!
  • Dec 1
    2020
    IEE selected this year’s Excellence in Research and Frenkel Foundation fellows. The IEE Excellence in Research Graduate Fellowship is awarded to one PhD candidate in recognition of their cutting-edge research in sustainability and/or energy efficiency. The Frenkel Foundation Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Peter J. Frenkel Foundation. This... read more »
  • Nov 18
    2020
    Clarivate Analytics names 14 UC Santa Barbara scientists and social scientists, including IEE Director John Bowers, to its 2020 list of highly cited researchers. Fourteen UC Santa Barbara researchers have been named among the most influential scientists in the world, according to the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers released by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters... read more »
  • Oct 30
    2020
    The Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara presents our 2020 Emerging Technologies Review. In this special year, IEE ETR took place in a series of focused virtual Friday workshops in October.  To view the presentations and panel sessions from these virtual events, please click on the links below. ETR Day 1: Energy Efficient Clouds... read more »