Northrop Grumman check presented to Prof. Greg Carman
November 8, 2006
(l to r) Donny Wang, Northrop Grumman; Allen Lockyer, Northrop Grumman; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Gregory Carman; Associate Dean, Research and Physical Resources, Gregory J. Pottie; Mechanical and Chair Adrienne Lavine.
Prof. Greg Carman accepted a check in support of his research from Northrop Grumman's Allen Lockyer. The funds will support the development of a compact mechanical energy harvesting system that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy for powering wireless sensor networks. The purpose of the system is to augment battery power so that the batteries do not require replacement over the life of the sensor network. The system is fabricated using MEMS technology and utilizes the unique properties of piezoelectric materials. The anticipated power output from the device is on the order of mW. The approach developed at UCLA has been submitted as a patent through the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property.