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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Office of Undergraduate Research

WSU Undergraduate Research Heats Up while Students Cool Down Computers

MEDIA CONTACT: Jared Brickman, Communications Assistant, Office of Undergraduate Education at WSU, 509-335-8070,

SOURCE: Partha P. Pande, Professor, EECS, 509-335-5223,

PULLMAN, Wash. — Behind the quiet whir of our computers and beneath the flashing screens of our cell phones lies hardware soaking up power and giving off heat. That can be a major problem – one to the tune of 100 billion kilowatt hours of energy used each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Ten undergraduates from around the country, including four from Washington State University, are working on projects this summer with WSU faculty and graduate students in Pullman to tackle the issue of power efficiency in computing through a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

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