Adrian L. Lu
 
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Adrian L. Lu is a licensed mechanical engineer and has practiced acoustical consulting in the built-environment for half a decade. He has collaborated on award-winning projects with industry-leading design and construction firms across the country. Adrian also serves as a director and the Chairman of the Board for the Swaliga Foundation, a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Other work from Adrian includes co-founder of Digital Farm Lab, a crowdfunded project for controlled-environment agriculture; collaborator for H2Grow, a construction guide design project with the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator; and founder of Urban AgTech, a community at the intersection of cities, agriculture, and technology.

 

My Work

Digital Farm Lab

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What started as a Meetup community named Urban AgTech, evolved into a crowdfunded project to build a Personal Food Computer (TM). The Digital Farm Lab’s mission was to improve food security by bringing agricultural production into the digital age.

Acoustical Consulting

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My first love and the beginning of my engineering career. Here is a list of some notable projects I worked on while an acoustical consultant at Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc. My projects focused on the commercial, residential, mixed use, and education sectors.

The Swaliga Foundation

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Founded in 2012, The Swaliga Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to cultivate learning globally by inspiring young people to connect their passion to successful careers. This is accomplished through education in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). I serve on the organization’s board as a director and the Chairman.

H2Grow

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As a subcontractor with Isabel Technologies, Inc, I collaborated with the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator to design a construction guide for building a low-cost hydroponic growing system for refugees in Chad, Africa.


Blog

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How much can I help reduce CO2 emissions from buildings?

You can achieve amazing progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal. This may seem…

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They say we need more diversity in STEM. Here’s our answer to the call.

In fact, one of Lemond’s students attributes his decision to study mechanical engineering in college to the foundation’s efforts.

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Photo by Caroline karmann and Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley, available under a   Creative Commons       Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0    License .

Photo by Caroline karmann and Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

Observations from the Partner Advisory Board meeting at UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment.

Recently, I attended the Partner Advisory Board Meeting for the University of California Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE). CBE’s mission is to improve the environmental quality and energy efficiency of buildings by providing timely, unbiased information on building technologies and design and operation techniques

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Photo by  Caleb Jones  on  Unsplash

Photo by Caleb Jones on Unsplash

How I returned to mechanical engineering to defend our climate

How I found this path I think deserves mention because what inspired it is part of an emerging trend in sustainability and climate action. A trend that may just get us all on the road to solving climate change…

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Lessons learned from the Digital Farm Lab, my first deep dive into entrepreneurship

In the summer of 2017, my team and I kickstarted a Digital Farm Lab. Our mission was to improve food security by bringing agricultural…

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