Lunch Seminar Series
March 24, 2017
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Sutardja Dai Hall 242

SOAP 4 GRIT: A Report on Hybrid Green Technology & Interdisciplinary Design


An interdisciplinary team of PIs (SOAP) received a large grant to design and evaluate novel green technology for built environment, specifically solar driven greywater recycling and thermal capture. The scope of the project is multiscalar and requires the integration of multiple physics, from optics to heat and mass transfer.  The engineering team has been working on modeling and experiments to validate prototype reactor designs, and the majority of my work has been to generate and evaluate the numerical models. The results of the SOAP group's work spans novel studies on multiphysics reactor types to design studies detailing the capacity of groups from separate disciplines to manage a large scale project together.

Speaker: Henry Kagey

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

Henry Kagey is a doctoral student in the Civil Systems program at Cal.  His work focuses on multiphysics modeling for structural and environmental processes.  His research at Cal is centered around green technologies. 

High Resolution Flexible Strain Sensors for Biological Signal Measurements


Many flexible electronic devices have received attention in recent years because of their potential uses in fields ranging from entertainment to medicine to wearable consumer electronics. However, input devices still need accurate tracking of finger/hand motions, finger-tip pressure, and arterial pulse waves that can make for reliable and useful wearable electronics applications. This work talks about a polymer/graphite-based stretchable strain sensor for a variety of wearable device applications, including biological signal measurements, such as continuous finger motion monitoring, fingertip pressure monitoring for haptic feedback and arterial pulse waves monitoring with high resolution. The proposed strain sensors can be potentially used as biological signal input device for virtual reality (VR) systems.


Speaker: YiChuan Wu

Department of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Yichuan Wu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) at Tsinghua University, China. His supervisor is Professor Liwei Lin. Yichuan obtained his bachelors degree in China Agricultural University, majoring in mechanical engineering. He obtained his masters degree in the Department of Mechanical engineering in Tsinghua Univeristy, with a focus in computer numeral control systems. His research at TBSI is centered around flexible sensors and actuators.