Dealing with our electronics-dominated world

Select Page

Dealing with our electronics-dominated world

Posted: June 22, 2010

Eric Williams looks at the environmental impacts of our rapidly expanding arena of electronic technologies, particularly the ramifications of our proliferating production and use of semiconductors and computers.

Williams is an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, a part of Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and in ASU’s School of Sustainability.

His work is in the field of industrial ecology. He focuses in part on studies of the intricate web of relationships between information technologies and energy consumption, telecommuting, e-commerce, and the life-cycles of semiconductors and computers.

He also is working on solutions to problems arising from the ballooning amounts of electronic waste – or “e-waste,” old and discarded computers and related devices – that are building up worldwide and presenting environmental hazards.

Williams also talks about his work – and what led him to his research endeavors – in a recent interview on LiveScience.com.

Article source:
Nature
Editor’s Note: Links are included for informational purposes only. Due to varying editorial policies, news publications may remove or change a link for archival purposes at any time without notice.

About The Author

Fulton Schools

For media inquiries, contact Lanelle Strawder, Content & Public Relations Manager: 480-727-5618, lanelle.strawder@asu.edu | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering | Strategic Marketing & Communications

ASU Engineering on Facebook