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It's summertime, and the sound of lawnmowers can be heard in neighborhoods across America as homeowners work outside to take care of their lawns. That lawn care requires resources such as electricity, gasoline, water and, often, chemicals. Engineering Professor Steven Skerlos analyzes those elements of lawn care, and explains the impact they have on the environment.

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MconneX - It's summertime, and the sound of lawnmowers can be heard in neighborhoods across America as homeowners work outside to take care of their lawns. That lawn care requires resources such as electricity, gasoline, water and, often, chemicals. Engineering Professor Steven Skerlos analyzes those elements of lawn care, and explains the impact they have on the environment.

MconneX - It's summertime, and the sound of lawnmowers can be heard in neighborhoods across America as homeowners work outside to take care of their lawns. That lawn care requires resources such as electricity, gasoline, water and, often, chemicals. Engineering Professor Steven Skerlos analyzes those elements of lawn care, and explains the impact they have on the environment.

 


About the Professor

Mechanical Engineering Professor Steven Skerlos. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and MarketingSteven Skerlos is is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. His research interests include His research interests include environmental and sustainable technology systems; life cycle product design optimization; pollution prevention technologies for manufacturing; metalworking fluid formulation and performance; membrane filtration; supercritical fluid delivery of lubricants; biological detection and control in aqueous systems; technology policy analysis.

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About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of more than 75,000 spans the globe.

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