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The Jordan Valley Innovation Center was awarded a large grant today by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The money will go to the construction of a new electromagnetic laboratory. The lab will develop new environmental sensing devices. KSMU's Emily Nash has more on what this new technology means to you.
If you've never studied nanosystem engineering, the new JVIC electromagnetic device fabrication laboratory might not sound very interesting.
But this new technology could help save your life if you are stuck in a fire, or lost in the dark.
Ryan Giedd, is the executive director of the Jordan Valley Innovation Center and explains what the new electromagnetic device fabrication laboratory is.
"So really the electromagnetic device fabrication laboratory is a big word for basically making electronic sensors, like the eyes."
He says the human eye is an electromagnetic wave sensor and that there are some waves our eyes can't sense.
"And that's like TV and Radio and infrared. Snakes can see that, some insects. So there are other things in that electromagnetic spectrum."
Giedd says the new lab will help develop sensors that allow us to see those electromagnetic spectrums.
He says the nanosystem technology is useful in search and rescue situations when it's too dark or foggy for our eyes to see.
"So they can see the heat signature, so in the dark of night or through clouds and fog you can see objects where there is no light."
He says technology can also help in fires, when there is too much smoke to see through.
"Infrared allows you to see through smoke, so when, or in a burned down building full of smoke you can rescue people."
He says the sensors can also help us learn more about environmental changes.
Giedd says, "We like to sense our environment in many different ways, uh really even from an environmental protection viewpoint. You know if we sense our environment in different ways we can be sensitive to changes that might you know, we might not want."
The new lab in the Jordan Valley Innovation Center will allow corporate and academic scientists to work together on the sensing technology.
Construction on the lab will be completed in about 2 months.
I'm Emily Nash for KSMU News