search

UMD    AML





Professor A.K. Gupta and his ENME 489W Students

Professor A.K. Gupta and his ENME 489W Students

 

On March 6, 2009, Professor Ashwani Gupta, a Distinguished University Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and his students from ENME 489W (Thermal Destruction of Wastes: Pollution and Waste Technology) visited Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., a renewable energy generation company, (Wheelabrator is a division of waste and environmental services giant Waste Management, Inc.). The purpose of this tour was to watch the actual practice of converting waste into thermal energy, which is then converted into steam and electricity.

Wheelabrator Technologies? Baltimore location produces a maximum of 60 MW of electricity per hour, the equivalent to providing electricity to approximately 60,000 homes. The facility also sells steam to downtown Baltimore for heating and cooling purposes.

In ENME 489W, students learn an understanding of thermal destruction, incineration and combustion of solid waste and the fundamentals of waste properties and their use as a renewable source of energy. This is beneficial to the students, as they can apply their classroom instruction to the industrial practice of waste management, as seen on the tour.

"Luckily, no student experienced any characteristic bad smell or odor at the facility!" noted Professor Gupta.



Related Articles:
Mechanical Engineering Graduates Placed in Academia
UMD to Lead Milestone NSF High School Engineering Pilot Course
UMD Team Set to Go at SpaceX Hyperloop Competition
What an upgrade!
Robo Raven on Display at a Major International Design Exhibit in France
Gupta Receives AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Award
UAE students, Northrop Grumman engineers tour robotics laboratories
Gupta research group wins three awards at ASME IDETC/CIE
Faculty Members Take On New Responsibilities
Robotics featured in Sept. 30 issue of The Diamondback

April 21, 2009


«Previous Story  

 

 

"No student experienced any bad smell!"

Professor A.K. Gupta

Current Headlines

New Tool Predicts Rogue Waves Up to Five Minutes in Advance

Donor Spotlight: Bobby Srour and Jeanne Grillo

Maryland Engineering: Top 10 Among Public Graduate Programs, Six Years Running

Forty years of MEMS research at the Hilton Head Workshop

McGregor: Harnessing the Potential of Additive Manufacturing

AquatiClaw Grabs Departmental Award at Capstone Expo

Boyce Highlights Promise of Soft Composites

Betelhiem Mengesha Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship

CEEE Co-Director Vikrant Aute Honored With Faculty Award

UMD Staff Are the Students in a “Cool” New CEEE-Led Training

 
 
Back to top  
AML Home Clark School Home UMD Home ENME Home