Monthly Archives: November 2014


Dear EESL members,
Chris and Ye is on an article in CUNY news wire. They have become
famous stars in CUNY as well as in ASME community. Congratulations,
Chris and Ye.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Material and Energy Recovery Division (MER), selected two City Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology students to receive the prestigious ASME-MER undergraduate research scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ye Htet Lynn was awarded a $4,000 scholarship and Christopher Amoroso was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Lynn and Amoroso conducted research on how to convert waste to energy with City Tech Professor Masato Nakamura, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, in his Energy and Environmental Simulation Lab (EESL). The result of their research was a design for a combustion chamber used in waste-to-energy (WTE) power plants.

Usually garbage in New York City is recycled, but unrecyclable waste is burned in order to recover energy, to reduce solid waste size for saving a landfill space, and to maintain a good sanitation level. Tackling real-world engineering challenges, Lynn and Amoroso analyzed size segregation of municipal solid waste on a moving grate in a combustion chamber. They built a physical model of a combustion chamber, which calculates how solid wastes travel during combustion processes in a simulation model developed by Professor Nakamura.

This new design of a combustion chamber will reduce the costs of construction, operation, and maintenance of WTE power plants. Due to its simple structure and low cost, combustion chamber can be used in developing countries.



Paper Submission

Abstract Submission

Submissions are welcome by authors from any country. Authors are strongly requested to attend the Conference and to present their papers in oral sessions individually. Initial screening will be based on the abstracts. Authors willing to present their papers should submit 400 words abstracts in English, containing the followings: title of paper, names, affiliations and complete addresses (with the phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses), two to five representative keywords, and an abstract summarizing the objectives, main findings and results. Abstracts should be submitted to either scientific committee of JSME, ASME and CSPE by the following ways:

All countries (through the website):

Authors from all countries except USA and China are requested to submit their abstracts from the “Paper Submission” button below.
In case of further inquiries, contact

Paper Submission

USA: Dr. Michael Smiarowski

Siemens Energy Inc.

China: Prof. Fei Wang

Institute for Thermal Power Engineering, Zhejiang University

Important Dates for Authors

– November 30, 2014
– March 31, 2015
– June 1, 2015
– July 31, 2015
– August 31, 2015
400 words abstract due
Full-length manuscript due
Notification of full-length manuscript acceptance
Final manuscripts due
Pre-registration of at least one of the co-authors with registration

via Paper%20Submission%20-%20International%20Conference%20on%20Power%20Engineering%20(ICOPE-15).

U.S. EPA Student Competition in Sustainability

We are excited to announce that we are now taking applications for EPA‘s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Program for the 2015-2016 school year.

The deadline for applications is TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 11:59pm EASTERN TIME.

EPA offers annual research grants to U.S. colleges and universities to engage students in projects to solve our world’s most serious environmental challenges. Through EPA‘s P3 Program, students work in teams to design sustainability solutions and compete for more funding to take their ideas from the lab to the real world.

In its 11th year, EPA‘s P3 program fosters team-based learning, interdisciplinary effort and class-to-real-world experience. Take this opportunity for the 2015-16 school year to excite your students about making a difference in the world today. Hear from past students about their experience with the program:

Students Talk About EPA‘s P3 Program

Find the official Request for Applications here: 12th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet


Click here for instructions on how to apply.

For general program information, visit:

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Please help us spread the word about this great opportunity!

The P3 Team at
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460