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Students Compete for UCLA’s Student Grand Challenge Competition



Students from University of California, Los Angeles who are part of an energy research project are competing in UCLA’s Grand Challenge, “Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles.” This research project is led by graduate student Michelle Thompson, a second year IGERT Summer Fellow. Last November 2013, UCLA unveiled its plan to focus on Los Angeles as a global model for urban sustainability. The ambitious task is to design solutions that will help Los Angeles adapt to a warmer climate.

Michelle Thompson leads her team of undergraduates: Natalie Dreyer, Ellie Joo, Michelle Yu, and Runyang Lou. Together they have successfully created a computer model that calculates the cost of solar desalination with applications to other Mediterranean climates.

Project: Solar Desalination Modeling for Greater Los Angeles