First Meeting!

Hello everyone,

We will be hosting our first meeting / info session next Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in CHBE 102! In the meeting we will be discussing our chapter goals for the year as well as gauging interest for project groups. There will also be a brainstorming session for the upcoming Build Day project! (https://www.buildday.org)

There are also two executive positions looking to be filled (VP Internal and VP Finance) and plenty of other ways to become involved (Social Media, events planning, etc). Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Thanks!

Jackson, President and Kevin, Vice President External

Sustainability in the Era of AI

At our January meeting, we debated the impact of artificial intelligence on sustainability. We discussed the following points:

  • Energy – while companies such as Google have been able to use AI to reduce their energy usage at data centers, this AI has to cost energy to run. As AI becomes more widespread in other applications, raw energy usage could increase.
  • Consumption – as machine learning is used to target ads towards select audiences, this could cause an increase in material consumption. On the manufacturing side, predictive analysis can be used for process improvement, for example reducing water consumption by 10% for General Electric.
  • Cars – a popular application of machine learning is self-driving cars. On one hand, a computer driving would be more efficient, braking less and taking a more optimal route. On the other, the convenience of being able to nap while your car drives you across the country is an undeniable; people maybe be encouraged to take longer trips, increasing gasoline consumption overall.
  • Jobs – whether machines will create more jobs or eliminate them remains to be seen, workers may have to learn new skills in order to adapt to new technologies.

Artificial intelligence promises many benefits, but should be implemented with consideration for potential risks in order to ensure a sustainable future.

Linked below are some articles for further reading:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/nick-seneca-jankel/ai-vs-human-intelligence-_b_6741814.html

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/what-artificial-intelligence-means-sustainability

November Update

Quick update for the month of November! It’s been a busy month: we held our first general meeting, hosted a booth at the CHBE Open House to tell others about our club, and started on biodiesel production!

Pictures attached below.

ESW booth at the CHbe open house on November 18th.
Biodiesel production: students changing the oil filter.

General meeting on energy decarbonization.