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What do ocean waves have to do with affordable energy?

Dr. Yingchen Yang is answering just that through his research in generating energy from ocean waves that can make waves creating a low-cost, environmentally friendly source of electricity.

Dr. YangYang, an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering, began conducting hands-on experiments during a two-week visit in 2010 to the Fluids Research Lab at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

That trip, which was made possible in part from a grant from The Scorpion Fund, spurred Yang to take action, brining his research home, to UTB/TSC.

Yang said the travel to Pennsylvania to conduct preliminary research was critical to allow him to apply for external funding for more in-depth work.

“It’s a small amount of money, but it was a big help,” said Yang. “Looking for funds right now is very tough.”

The Scorpion Fund provides funding for research, travel to educational conferences and faculty, staff and student development opportunities. Funding for enrichment and professional development often is not available from state allocations.

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