Alum fights climate change at Oak Ridge National Lab


Alumnus Kashif Nawaz (MSME '11, PhDME '13), a Group Leader at Oak Ridge National Lab, is profiled for his selection to Knoxville's 40 Under 40 class.

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Kashif NawazMechSE alumnus Kashif Nawaz (MSME '11, PhDME '13) is on the front lines of developing research and technology to battle climate change at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His work focuses on extracting carbon dioxide through heating and ventilation systems. He also has found a way to use the captured carbon to promote plant growth in greenhouses. 

But his work doesn't just translate to climate change. During the pandemic, Nawaz used his study of air movement to look at how to limit the spread of the virus via heating and ventilation systems. 

Nawaz's research advances the region's role in fighting climate change and is part of larger efforts across the country to decarbonize. 

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This story was published January 13, 2023.