SyracuseCoE Has Student Internships Available!

Students play an integral role in the success of SyracuseCoE. As part of a student-focused research university we have the privilege to engage a diverse group of students in varying capacities throughout the year. Staff interns, members of the Summer Industry Collaboration Internship Program, and student researchers are just a few of the roles students have at SyracuseCoE to participate in experiential learning and real-world industry collaboration that addresses emerging opportunities and societal needs. Visit the links below for all the internship info!

What’s it like to work at SyracuseCoE as an Intern?

SyracuseCoE Building Systems Intern

SyracuseCoE seeks candidates to work as Intern, 10-40 hours a week, to assist Facilities Manager in providing support for HVAC, Mechanical, and Electrical building systems. This internship position is available immediately and has the potential to be extended throughout the remainder of 2019.

UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings: A Living Showcase of What’s Possible

The UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings is a first-of-its-kind technology, innovation and collaboration center showcasing United Technologies products and integrated systems.

Located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the center features solutions and interactive displays from UTC’s Comfort, Control and Security brands (CCS), creating a living showcase of what’s possible when technologies are implemented intelligently and integrated to increase efficiency, protect people and property, and enhance the occupant experience.

This presentation focuses mainly on the building’s HVAC innovations, and, time-permitting, we will visit the building operations remotely, via its building automation system.

Presenter:

Bill ChadwickWilliam (Bill) Chadwick

Principal Systems Engineer
UTC Building Solutions Group, AdvanTEC
United Technologies Corporation

Bill is part of the global UTC Building Solutions Group, which serves as a central point of contact for key accounts and delivers highly engineered solutions to solve customer problems in various vertical markets. Bill Chadwick serves as principal systems engineer within the AdvanTEC technology & engineering group.

Bill has more than 45 years of building systems engineering experience. He has:

  • Expertise in HVAC systems analysis, design, and integration; indoor air quality design and remediation; and building systems control and integration.
  • Held positions within consulting engineering and architectural firms where he designed, engineered, and directed the design of HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems for commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, new and remodeled.
  • Provided HVAC system design consultation for The New Falcon Stadium, Atlanta, GA, and the Residence Antilia, Mumbai, India
  • Developed various award-winning, custom solutions, including an innovative HVAC solution for the Sistine Chapel, which reduced energy use more than 30% while doubling the load.
  • Determined the MEP system selections and served as the design consultant for UTC’s new Center for Intelligent Buildings, designed to use 40% less energy despite increasing outdoor air ventilation by over 50% to improve IAQ and occupant productivity.

Bill has served on industry advisor boards for both the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, and the Center for High Performance Buildings at Purdue University. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Indoor Environmental Quality, Syracuse University. Bill is a Licensed Professional Engineer in MI, OH, NY and PA. He is a Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and is a LEED® Accredited Professional BD+C from the U.S. Green Build Council (USGBC). He remains active in ASHRAE as a Life Member.

 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Inficon Facility Tour

As part of the TEC Innovates Program, monthly factory tours engage suppliers and regional business partners throughout the region, allowing cluster firms to network and learn more about new industry developments. In November, AM-TEC firms and partners toured Inficon expansion facility, in East Syracuse, NY. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Switzerland, INFICON is a leading provider of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software that enhance productivity and quality in sophisticated industrial vacuum processes. These analysis, measurement and control products are essential for gas leak detection in air conditioning/refrigeration, and automotive manufacturing. They are vital to equipment manufacturers and end-users in the complex fabrication of semiconductors and thin film coatings for optics, flat panel displays, solar cells and industrial vacuum coating applications. Other users of vacuum based processes include the life sciences, research, aerospace, packaging, heat treatment, laser cutting and many other industrial processes. Inficon leverages expertise in vacuum technology to provide unique, toxic chemical analysis products for emergency response, security, and environmental monitoring.
 
Inficon welcomed the AM-TEC group with a tour of the facility, including its new 64,000 sq. ft expansion with 20,000 sq. ft certified clean room space. The highly efficient and flexible design included state-of-the-art technology with an online Building Management System, Ultraclean process gas distribution, and automated Vertical Lift Module storage system.
 
Learn more about SyracuseCoE TEC Innovates and Factory Tours. Learn more about Inficon.

U.S. Policy Options to Decrease Emissions of Carbon Dioxide to Mitigate Changing Climate

Carbon dioxide is the dominant human-generated greenhouse gas responsible for changing climate. The two largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. are from electric utilities and transportation activities. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that greenhouse gases are a threat to public health, their emissions needed to be regulated. In 2009 through the Endangerment Finding, the EPA indeed found that climate change is a threat to public health. As a result of these decisions, the Obama Administration implemented new fuel economy standards for vehicles and proposed standards of carbon dioxide emissions from existing powerplants through the Clean Power Plan (CPP). These policies were a large part of the U.S. commitment to decrease carbon dioxide in the Paris Climate Agreement. The Trump Administration has not been supportive of these initiatives. But due to the Endangerments Finding, they cannot just cancel but need to replace these policies. The Trump plan to replace the fuel economy standards was released earlier in August and the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) plan was released a few weeks later to replace the CPP.
 
Professor Driscoll’s presentation examines the approaches, benefits and costs of ACE compared with the CPP and no policy options. Carbon dioxide emissions standards for U.S. power plants will influence the fuels and technologies used to generate electricity, alter emissions of pollutants, and influence ambient air quality and public and ecosystem health. ACE is an “Inside the fence line” approach which improves the heat rate efficiency of individual power plants. As a result, older coal plants are made more efficient and operate for longer periods resulting in increases in carbon dioxide and emissions of co-pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and fine particulate matter which impact human health. In contrast, the CPP would use a “beyond the fenceline” flexible approach that promotes energy efficiency and renewables. Carbon standards to curb global climate change can also provide immediate local and regional health and ecosystem co-benefits, but the magnitude depends on the design of the standards. 
 

Presenter:

Charles Driscoll

Professor Charles T. Driscoll

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University
 
Charles T. Driscoll is a Distinguished and University Professor at Syracuse University. He received his BS from the University of Maine and MS and PhD from Cornell. Driscoll’s research addresses the effects of disturbance on forest, freshwater and marine ecosystems, including air pollution (acid and mercury deposition), land-use, and climate change. Driscoll has testified at Congressional and state legislative committee hearings, and served on many local, national and international committees. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
 
 

 

Research & Technology Forum Series

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

CHAMPS and Annex68 Meet Again at SyracuseCoE

Syracuse, NY –Leading researchers from around the world convened again at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy (SyracuseCoE) to take part in a workshop and meeting on advanced building systems. The events examined the major challenges facing the combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations for the design and operation of sustainable buildings, featured the most recent progress, and discovered opportunities for further collaboration.

The 15th International Forum and Workshop on Combined Heat, Air, Moisture and Pollutant Simulations (CHAMPS) included presentations by the international visitors and Syracuse University faculty and students. The 6th Expert Meeting of IEA-EBC Annex 68 Indoor Air Quality Design and Control in Low Energy Residential Buildings was held on the same day at SyracuseCoE. The two events had a joint public meeting, with topics at the forum including indoor environment quality models, energy performance research, healthy and intelligent buildings strategies and site planning around the effects of climate change.

Both events highlighted the importance of creating high-performance buildings that improve human health and performance while remaining sustainable and reducing building energy use. Research has indicated that people spend up to 80% of their time in indoor environments and 40% of building energy consumption goes to normal operations of heating, cooling and lighting. Industrialization has made it more critical than ever to develop sustainable buildings that boost human quality of life while reducing energy consumption.

15th Annual International Forum and Workshop on CHAMPS Organizers
Danish Technical University, Denmark
Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Nanjing University, China
Syracuse University, U.S.A.
University College of London, U.K.
University de la Rochelle, France
University of Tokyo, Japan

Aims and Scope
CHAMPS 2018 and IEA-EBC Annex-68 will have a joint public meeting in the afternoon of September 30, 2018 to discuss the major challenges facing the combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations for the design and operation of sustainable buildings, highlight the most recent progresses, and identify opportunities for further collaboration. Topics may include:

1. Whole building IEQ and energy performance: Modeling and simulation of combined heat, air, moisture, and pollutant transport processes in and around buildings, and how these processes impact IEQ and building energy efficiency;
2. Healthy and intelligent buildings: Interaction and interdependencies between IEQ and energy efficiency measures, effectiveness of source reduction, ventilation and air cleaning strategies; model-based predictive control, application of internet of things (IOTs) technology in distributed building environmental control;
3. Climate, community and site planning: Climate change effects on IEQ, urban and community planning, micro-urban climate and energy efficiency of building clusters;
4. Building envelope performance: hygrothermal performance of buildings in different climates, leakage and moisture control, envelope-integrated ventilation and energy storage systems, energy and durability;
5. Micro-environment around occupants: demand-based personal environmental control, occupant behavior and impacts on IEQ and energy efficiency;
6. Design studio: Methods and tools for coordinated and integrated urban and building systems design, building information modeling (BIM), CHAMPS simulation framework, software, and optimization techniques, common databases of materials, assemblies, building topologies, climates, and real-world versus design performances.
7. Case studies: Applications of CHAMPS for building systems design and model-based predictive controls.

SyracuseCoE previously hosted the 13th International Forum and Workshop on CHAMPS in 2016. The city of Syracuse is a leader in the international community of indoor air quality and sustainable building technology. Previous events such as the 2018 International Building Physics Conference and upcoming expos like the Emerging Technology Showcase draw global experts and researchers to Syracuse.

Eight Student Presentations on Research and Innovation Projects Win Awards at Annual SyracuseCoE Student Poster Competition

Eight Student Presentations on Research and Innovation Projects Win Awards at Annual SyracuseCoE Student Poster Competition

There were eight winners of the 2018 SyracuseCoE Student Poster Competition. Thirty-four student posters from six institutions were judged on September 24 during the International Building Physics Conference (IBPC2018) co-hosted by SyracuseCoE and Syracuse University. Judges engaged poster contestants and posters were judged on project layout and design of posters, as well as student’s knowledge and ability to explain posters and answer questions from judges.

“These competitions put student’s hard work in the spotlight and gives them a valuable opportunity to present their research with a broad group of people,” said Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director and associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University. “We look forward to hosting the annual SyracuseCoE Student Poster Competition every year to applaud student’s success.”

Posters were judged in three categories: undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. winners:

Undergrad Winners:

1st Place: Andres Inga, SUNY Oswego, Physics, Characterization of Ferromagnetic and Ferroelectric Heterostructure; Faculty Advisor: Shireen Adenwalla

2nd Place: Jason Cho, Syracuse University, The Discovery of the Optimal Greenest Source of Urban Irrigation; Faculty Advisor: Charley Driscoll

3rd Place: Kyle Bautista, SUNY Oswego, Adolescent Education and Physics, Success in American Public Schools: Creative Building Strategies for Enhanced Education; Faculty Advisor: Carolina Ilie

Master’s Winners:

1st Place: Lucie Worthen, Syracuse University, Environmental Engineering, Validation of the PCSWMM LID Module for an Extensive Green Roof in Syracuse, NY; Faculty Advisor: Cliff Davidson

2nd Place: Stephanie Haller, Ehsan Sabaghian, and Rawad El Kontar, Syracuse University, Architecture, Community Energy: Technical and Social Challenges, and Integrative Solutions; Faculty Advisors: Jason Dedrick, Elizabeth Krietemeyer, Tarek Rakha

PhD Winners:

1st place: Shreyas Pathreeker, Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering, Using Visible Light to Develop Advanced Battery Electrodes; Faculty Advisor: Ian D. Hosein

2nd Place: Francielli Silva Genier, Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering, Solid Polymer Electrolyte Networks for Calcium Ion Conduction; Faculty Advisor: Ian D. Hosein

3rd Place: Leila Nikdel, Clarkson University, Environmental Science and Engineering, Comparison of Different Energy Savings Strategies in Residential Buildings; Faculty Advisor: Susan Powers

Poster judges included Daniel Betts, BeCool Inc; Bill Chadwick, United Technologies Corporation; Aimee Clinkhammer, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Bob DelZoppo, SRC Inc.; Michael Genovese, NYSERDA; Ben Larsen, King + King Architects; Chonghui Liu, CNY ASHRAE; Dave Martini, Air Innovations; Mary Reidy, National Grid; and Adam Walburger, CDH Energy.

International Building Physics Conference, IBPC2018 a success!

September, 2018 —  SyracuseCoE and Syracuse University hosted IBPC2018, the International Building Physics Conference. The tri-annual event had a broad reach and brought over 300 guests from 33 countries, but it was the enthusiasm of discussions for scientific discovery in building physics that made this event a success. We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for making IBPC2018 possible, as well as our accomplished speakers for presenting engaging and innovative material. Thank you to all participants for their valuable contributions!

Thank you as well to the IABP and our conference chairs, co-chairs, and technical committee for all their efforts and support in the organization and execution of the event.

We wish everyone the best with continuing research, and look forward to reconvening in Copenhagen, Denmark! In the meantime, please check out the IBPC2018 photo album to relive some of the best moments from the conference.

Experts from 33 Countries Convene in Syracuse for the 7th International Building Physics Conference

Experts on the science and engineering of buildings and urban environments convened in Syracuse, NY September 23 to 26, for the 7th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC). More than 300 attendees from 33 countries gathered to present original research and findings, demonstrated and exhibited innovative green building technologies, and discussed future challenges and opportunities.

The theme of the conference was “Healthy, Intelligent, and Resilient Buildings and Urban Environments.” The conference program included six keynote presentations, more than 250 podium and poster presentations, workshops, networking, and more.

The conference takes place every three years as part of the official international conference series of the International Association of Building Physics (IABP). The IBPC2018 is the first time the conference is being held in the United States; previously, the conference was held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2000); Leuven, Belgium (2003); Montreal, Canada (2006); Istanbul, Turkey (2009); Kyoto, Japan (2012); and Torino, Italy (2015).

Read more here.

2018 Innovation Showcase

We celebrated the many activities and accomplishments of student-supported projects at the 2018 SyracuseCoE Innovation Showcase and Summer BBQ! Exhibits and posters were displayed featuring innovative projects, ideas and research, including:

  • Student summer internship projects
  • Student researchers working with SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows
  • Analysis & Design Center projects
  • Signature research projects led by faculty

Included in the projects was a special presentation from a group of high school seniors. The students described and demonstrated “Carl”, a robotic coyote they designed and built as a project in the ITC Innovation club. The project was done for Sunoco Ethanol to help safely keep geese from their property.

Up to $10,000 available for SyracuseCoE Partner firms’ commercialization activities!

2018 Innovation Fund Call for Proposals Now Open to Partner Firms!

The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) invites proposals to the SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund from current SyracuseCoE Partner companies for up to $10,000. The Innovation Fund is funded by SyracuseCoE Partner Program and is designed to support Partner firms’ efforts to overcome barriers to the commercialization of potentially transformative innovations. Projects must be aligned with commercialization of innovative products/technologies and focused on one or more of SyracuseCoE’s three core areas:

  • Indoor Environmental Quality and Building Energy Efficiency
  • Clean & Renewable Energy
  • Water Resources

It is anticipated that there will be six awards.

To apply, you must submit the application below and complete and return the following documents by 5:00pm EST, Friday, August 30, 2018.

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Creating Resilient Heating Systems for Extreme Weather Events

Extreme weather events including hurricanes, snow storms and ice storms are a growing challenge as one of the many effects of global climate change. Combating this obstacle through resilient technology is one of the engineering challenges of the 21st Century.
Ryan’s research has investigated innovative ways of combining conventional combustion systems with solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The burners act as a hydrocarbon reformer while generating thermal energy for SOFC operation. This presentations examines fundamentals of SOFCs and fuel-rich combustion and extends the preliminary results to bench-scale systems. Applications of this technology include furnaces, hot water heaters and boilers, among others.

Presenter:

Ryan Milcarek

NSF GRFP Graduate Fellow JSPS International Research Fellow
Ph.D. Candidate Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Combustion and Energy Research (COMER) Laboratory
 
Ryan Milcarek obtained his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at Syracuse University. He also obtained a M.S. in Energy Systems Engineering, Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise and Certificate in University Teaching during his graduate studies. After graduation, Ryan will begin a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Arizona State University in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering: School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy. His current research is focused on micro-tubular Flame-assisted Fuel Cells (FFCs), system level hybrid combustion/FFC applications including micro cogeneration and two-stage combustors, microcombustion, manufacturing of ceramic materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), and energy modeling. He also conducts research in engineering education in areas of sustainability, resilience and fuel cell education. Ryan gained his passion for energy research during his undergraduate studies while conducting energy assessments of industrial facilities as part of the Industrial Assessment Center program which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Ryan is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, JSPS International Research Fellow, ASHRAE Graduate Grant-in-Aid recipient, a recipient of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute student scholarship, an Astronaut Scholar, and a former Syracuse University Graduate Fellow.
 

 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Personalized Environmental Control Systems

In 2015, a team of researchers and engineers led by Prof. H. Ezzat Khalifa at Syracuse University was one of 11 teams selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (USDoE) to develop technologies that regulate the thermal environment around building occupants, rather than the entire building. The DoE has determined that doing so would save the US approximately 15% of the large amount of energy used for building HVAC. Prof. Khalifa and his team have developed an advanced micro-environmental control system, named μX, that is compact, efficient, quiet, and ergonomic. Developed as part of the DoE’s ARPA-E program, μX can enable local climate control to keep a desk occupant comfortable and facilitate expansion of thermostat setpoints, significantly reducing energy consumption for building HVAC.

This R&T Forum featured presentations on multiple aspects of this innovative micro-environmental control system, as well as a discussion of the history and opportunity offered by personal environmental control systems.

Presenters:

Dr. H. Ezzat Khalifa

Dr. H. Ezzat Khalifa

Dr. H. Ezzat Khalifa is NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University, where he conducts research on distributed environmental control, and high-efficiency power and cooling systems for data centers. He is the originator and PI of the micro environmental control system (μX) concept. He has over 50 years of R&D experience in energy conversion and environmental control systems. Before joining SU, he served as the Director of the Carrier R&D Program at United Technologies Research Center, where he was responsible for planning and executing a diversified portfolio of R&D in innovative environmental control and energy conversion technologies. Prior to this, Dr. Khalifa was the Director of Engineering for the Carrier Carlyle Compressor Division, where he oversaw all aspects of the development and reliability of vapor compressors for air-conditioning and refrigeration. Dr. Khalifa holds a Ph.D. in Thermodynamics & Fluid Dynamics from Brown University. He is Fellow of ASME and ASHRAE.

 

Michael Wetzel

Michael Wetzel

Michael Wetzel, P.E., is President and CEO of Air Innovations, which designs and manufactures specialty HVAC systems for a broad range of applications, from military to wine cellars to high tech. Since joining the company as president and CEO in 1996, Wetzel has grown Air Innovations from a company focused solely on floral coolers to one that addresses wide variety of refrigeration, air conditioning and filtration needs. Prior to Air Innovations, Wetzel was based in France and worked four years for a multinational company building cleanrooms in Europe and the Middle East. Stateside before that, he was employed in the HVAC construction industry. Wetzel received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and is the holder of seven U.S. patents. Wetzel, who speaks fluent English and French, is a licensed Professional Engineer.

 

James W. Bush

James W. Bush

James W. Bush has been working in the field of electromechanical machine design and manufacturing for 40 years with a focus on compression machinery for air, natural gas, and refrigerants. He is presently the Principal of Bush Technical, LLC providing technical services in a number of fields including the development of a miniature scroll compressor used in the successful micro-environmental control system project. Mr. Bush has led or participated in the launch of 11 different products to market and recently played a lead role in the clean-paper, ground-up design, development, and production launch of a line of scroll compressors for the commercial air conditioning and heat pump industry. He is the named inventor or co-inventor on 117 U.S. patents in this field and is author or co-author of 16 technical publications. He received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1982 with an emphasis on Engineering Acoustics and Machine Design. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department where he assists in teaching the MEE 471/472 Senior Design Project sequence.

 

Presenters:

Dr. H. Ezzat Khalifa, NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University College of Engineering & Computer Science

Michael Wetzel, P.E., President and CEO, Air Innovations

James W. Bush, Principal, Bush Technical, LLC

 

Research & Technology Forum Series

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Canada Day a Success!

Phyllis Yaffe, Consul General of Canada in New York, delivers a speech on Canada’s and New York’s collaborative and innovative green building history

On Wednesday, April 4, SyracuseCoE and the Consulate General of Canada in New York partnered for a panel discussion on the state of the green building field in Canada and New York. Phyllis Yaffe, Consul General of Canada in New York, kick-started the afternoon with a speech that examined Canada’s and Central New York’s collaborative history in the engineering and designing of environmentally friendly structures, saying that together, Canada and New York “build things together, make things together and take care of the land around [their] borders.”

Afterwards, Canadian green building experts, Laura Kennedy of Nedlaw Living Walls, Hazel Sutton of the Building Owners and Managers Association Canada, and Erik C. Backus, Director of Construction Engineering Management at Clarkson University, explained the new technologies in Canada’s green building sector, the real estate market’s reaction and leadership to such changes, the policies supporting new innovations, and New York’s role as a leading partner.  The panel was moderated by SyracuseCoE’s Executive Director, Ed Bogucz.

The event was a success, with people coming from both New York and Canada to join in on the conversation.  Following the panel, the activities moved to the reception, where the conversation continued over good food and drinks.

Envisioning ‘Honorable’ Transportation for Clean Communities of the Future

This month’s Research and Technology Forum featured presentations from Dr. Paul Mutolo and Barry Carr who share insights on past, present and future transportation technologies and supporting energy infrastructure. Dr. Paul Mutolo kicks off the event with an “encore performance” of his TEDx talk, addressing the impacts of current transportation systems, exploring whether they are “…borrowing from our past and our future simultaneously,” and providing a vision for future “honorable” transportation. Afterwards, Barry Carr reviews current programs designed to promote alternative transportation options – including electric, natural gas and hydrogen-powered vehicles – as well as future transportation technologies. The program concludes with an introduction to a regional start-up company that is working to establish a network of grid-tied, onsite produced hydrogen stations to power advancements for fuel cell vehicles of tomorrow.

Presenters:

Dr. Paul Mutolo

Dr. Paul Mutolo, CEO, Standard Hydrogen Corporation, and Director of External Partnerships, Energy Materials Center at Cornell University

Paul Mutolo, PhD, is Co-Founder and CEO of Standard Hydrogen Corporation (SHC). SHC’s mission is enabling widespread deployment of carbon free power and vehicles. We do this through sales of Hydrogen Energy Services™ for customers in the grid and transportation sectors, powered by our HyGEL™ onsite hydrogen energy storage system.
Paul is a founding board member and officer of the New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) consortium. He also manages industry-university relationships for two research centers at Cornell University: emc2, the Energy Materials Center; and PARADIM, the Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, & Discovery of Interface Materials. 
Dr. Mutolo earned his PhD in inorganic and solid state chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Paul conducted two years of his doctoral research at the WWU in Münster, Germany. He received his A.B. in chemistry from Cornell. Paul lives in Ithaca with his wife and their two boys.

 

Barry Carr

Barry Carr, Coordinator, Clean Communities of Central New York

Barry Carr is the Coordinator of Clean Communities of CNY, an outreach program operated by the US Department of Energy since 1993. He is in charge of educating transportation professionals on the use of alternative fuels and alternative fueled vehicles.
 
Involved in the alternative-fuel vehicle industry since 1988, Barry works closely with state and federal governments in support of funding and development programs. He serves on NGV America’s Federal and State Legislative Committee, is vice chair of the Northeast Gas Association, and was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award from NGV America. Additionally, he has also been named to the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Hall of Fame.
 
 
 
 

 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Shaping a Greener Future for New York

Waterways are more and more attractive to industry for transporting raw materials, especially energy crops and their residues from agriculture, forestry and food production operations. In addition, a growing demand for green products and materials provide economic, ecological and social sustainability. This presentation explored the possibility of utilizing New York’s Canal System as a statewide regional revitalization and transportation system, to bridge the gap between bioenergy and petro-based chemicals. The presentation drew from experience of the Green Chemistry Belt at the Rhein-Main-Danube-Canal System and the Straubing Harbor in the State of Bavaria, Germany located on the river Danube.

Presenter:

Dr. Klaus DoelleDr. Klaus Doelle, Associate Professor, Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, Environmental Science, Director TRINITY Institute, SUNY-ESF

Dr. Klaus Doelle has over 26 years combined professional experience in the commercial sector including chemical process development, paper manufacturing, materials, design, manufacturing, energy production, waste water treatment and patent management. He has over 11 year combined academic experience from Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany and the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering (PBE) and Division of Environmental Science (ES). Dr. Doelle’s research interests are focused in the areas of pulp & paper and related environmental topics, including design of constructed wetlands, subsurface bioreactors, fossil energy, bioenergy, hydropower, water and waste water treatment, paper recycling, paper development, filler materials, energy savings, renewable energy & processes, engineering, machine & process design. Results of his research efforts have been published in over 610 publications, including 140 papers, articles, invited papers, presentations and discussion panels. In addition, Dr. Doelle’s past research efforts have led to 66 granted patents, more than 250 filed patent inventions, and in addition over 50 invention disclosures.

 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

SyracuseCoE Accepting Applications for Funding of 2018 Paid Student Internship Opportunities

SyracuseCoE is accepting applications for its 2018 Industry Collaboration Internship Program. Through this program, SyracuseCoE Partner companies can help students fine-tune their technical skills through hands-on experience in science, engineering, and architecture. The program supports paid internship opportunities, offering students the chance to work directly with a SyracuseCoE Partner company to develop their knowledge within the industries of indoor environmental quality (IEQ), high performance/green building, clean renewable energy, and water resources.

As well as developing their technical skills, the program also aims to introduce students to local industry leaders, establishing valuable relationships that serve to increase post-graduation student retention in the Central New York area.

To date, over 93 students have worked with 31 Partner firms, supported by the annual fees paid by companies participating in the SyracuseCoE Partner Program.  This summer, SyracuseCoE hopes to fund up to 8 internship opportunities with its Partner firms, providing up to $3,000 per internship.

View the 2018 Industry Collaboration Internship Program page and application.

HEALTHfx: The Benefits of LEED-Certified, Energy-Efficient Buildings

In 2015, the Willis H. Carrier Total Indoor Environmental Quality Lab at SyracuseCoE was the site of the first COGfx Study, which examined the way buildings and their environments affect people’s behavior.  Now, a 16-year research study – known as HEALTHfx – conducted by Harvard University experts has found that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) -certified buildings across the United States and five other countries, including China, India, Brazil, Germany, and Turkey, account for a near $6B in personal health and climate benefits.

Using Harvard’s Co-BE (Co-Benefits of the Built Environment) Calculator, the study examined energy cost savings, emission, reductions, and health co-benefits.  The results showed that energy-efficient buildings around the world have already amassed an estimated $13.3B in overall benefits, while averting 33 megatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reducing air pollution.  In the U.S., these benefits will prevent an estimated 172-405 premature deaths, 171 hospital admissions, 11,000 asthma exacerbations, 54,000 respiratory symptoms, 21,000 lost work days, and 16,000 lost school days.

However, only 3.5% of total commercial buildings in the United States are considered LEED-certified; thus, the study also asserts that the health and energy advantages of energy-efficient buildings be considered during future policy creation, building design, and operation of current developments.

Read the full study here.

 

The Business of Good Social Entrepreneurship, B Corporations and the New Bottom Line

Certified B Corporations are for-profit companies certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet a rigorous set of standards related to social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, according to B Lab, there is a growing community of more than 2,100 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward a single unifying goal: to redefine success in business. The forum featured Central New York entrepreneurs Kevin Stack, Josh Stack, and Kennedy Alexis Patlan, who have traveled the challenging path to Certified B Corporation status, leveraging the power of business and the markets for social and environmental good.  The forum was moderated by Linda Dickerson Hartsock, Executive Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University.

Presenters:

Kevin Stack, Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC, Northeast Natural Homes, Inc.

Josh Stack, Stack, Law, PLLC, Biomimicry Northern Forest

Kennedy Alexis Patlan, Social Entrepreneurship Engagement Scholar, Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad

 

Research & Technology Forum Series

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Climate Reality + Emerging Technologies = Drivers for Building Science Research

The December Research and Technology Forum focused on the future of energy efficiency and the changing needs for research in building science. This R&T forum featured Taitem Engineering Chairman Ian Shapiro, who has lead several applied energy conservation research projects and delivered workshops in the areas of energy and ventilation. Shapiro has been trained twice by Al Gore through the Climate Reality Project and has been a guest lecturer at Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Syracuse University.

 

 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Researchers and Faculty Fellows Use Virtual Reality to Explore Fluid Dynamics

Assistant Professor Melissa Green’s Flow Visualization Lab in the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences is studying the movement of fish using virtual reality to understand how to optimize the propulsion of nautical vehicles. Virtual reality allows the user to move within a 3D flow field to view the model from the inside for improved understating of the 3D model. The project was funded by a grant from Syracuse Center of Excellence and was a collaborative effort with Green and two Faculty Fellows, Assistant Professors Amber Bartosh and Bess Krietemeyer of the School of Architecture and Interactive Visualization and Design Lab, a Syracuse alum and current students. Bartosh and Krietemeyer use virtual reality to design energy data visualizations for architectural design and provided guidance on usage of virtual reality. Read the full story here.

Syracuse University Researchers Awarded $1.2M from U.S. Department of Energy

Syracuse University Researchers from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and School of Architecture have been awarded $1.2 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a low-cost, high-accuracy sensor platform that accurately detects human presence inside residential buildings and adjusts temperature settings to reduce energy use. SyracuseCoE played a large role in securing the funds from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) and will partner with SRI International, a nonprofit research center, to achieve the project’s main goal of developing technology that will not only save energy but money as well.  Read the full story here. 

Industry Partners Innovation: NuClimate

Industry Partners Innovation: NuClimate – Cool Savings For High-Rise Hotels

In the early 2000s, NuClimate Air Quality Systems worked with SyracuseCoE to develop an innovative chilled-beam technology for providing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) for commercial buildings such as schools and hospitals. As a member of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program they received a $50,000 award from SyracuseCoE’s Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) enabling the company to achieve its first sales in 2005. Subsequently, NuClimate signed an exclusive deal with Carrier to sell its chilled beam worldwide with the Carrier name on it. Now the company has developed a new vertical stack fan coil unit that reduces energy consumption for air circulation to less than 20 watts, substantially lower than anything currently available on the market.

Two years ago, NuClimate was approached by an international hotel chain looking to reduce energy costs by replacing aging HVAC units in each high-rise hotel room. The old units consumed 300 to 350 watts to operate the fan. While current equipment on the market uses an average of 80 to 85 watts to operate the fan, the chain wanted NuClimate to improve that by 20 percent or more. NuClimate focused on the specific need and challenge of providing comfortable climate in individual high-rise hotel rooms, developing an oversized coil and employing a fan not used in fancoil systems today. The result: a unit that consumes an average of 16.6 watts to heat or cool the room that it’s in, performance that was verified by UL testing conducted with funding from a competitive award from SyracuseCoE’s Innovation Fund.

“We customized it specifically for the hotel marketplace and for the desire to save energy,” says John DiMillo, vice president of NuClimate. “The drawback is that the per-unit cost is higher, but the return on investment in energy savings is very desirable.” The system is particularly attractive for use in cities with high per-kilowatt energy costs, such as New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago. A prototype of the new system was installed in one of the hotel chain’s premier New York City locations, where it has been running for the past year. NuClimate plans to sell the product across the entire hotel marketplace.

“We think this is a revolutionary new product,” says DiMillo, who anticipates the company could be building 50,000 to 60,000 units once the product launches. He says SyracuseCoE shares a big part of that success story. “Whether it’s funding, or engineering assistance, or networking, they continue to be an unbelievable asset,” DiMillo says. “Any time we call, they come through for us.”

Powered By Women: Clean Energy Entrepreneurship

SyracuseCoE celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with an R&T Forum that highlighted women entrepreneurs. Amy CasperKaren Livingston, and Amanda Chou, three female entrepreneurs, offered personal insights of opportunities, experiences and challenges along their unique paths of entrepreneurship and innovations. The forum was moderated by Cindy Oehmigen, Director of Energy and Corporate Services at the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY).

 

 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Industry Partners Innovation: SBB Inc.

Industry Partners Innovation: SBB Inc. – Partnering for Research and Design

When SBB Inc. was looking to convert a sterilization chamber door from stainless steel to glass, the company turned to the SyracuseCoE Analysis and Design Center. The center is a NYSERDA-funded resource created to help companies in Central New York’s thermal and environmental control cluster with product design challenges. For small firms like SBB, it’s an invaluable tool.

“Research is very expensive. We don’t work on simple things,” says SBB chief engineer and co-founder Vince Bongio. “The Analysis and Design Center supplies engineering and research talent that I couldn’t otherwise access cost-effectively.”

The center, located at SyracuseCoE headquarters, provides companies working in advanced manufacturing in thermal and environmental controls (AM-TEC) with assistance on design problems from graduate students and faculty from Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. SBB has used the Analysis and Design Center on a range of projects, from analyzing fluid dynamics in a small sterilization chamber system, to adapting the same technology on a room system, to analyzing a structural walking tile used in its clean-room ceiling grid system.

“Students get to do some real-life application work on difficult problems that ties to their education and has tangible outcomes,” says Bongio.
SBB, in East Syracuse, was founded by Bongio and two partners in 2000 and soon partnered with the SyracuseCoE. An AM-TEC Research and Development Award from the SyracuseCoE funded development of high-technology environmental control systems that reduced energy in refrigeration systems.

Through SyracuseCoE, SBB has also participated with SU’s Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project, resulting in the development of a latent phase change heat recovery heat exchanger. In addition to the hands-on research and design assistance, Bongio says networking opportunities through the SyracuseCoE have been extremely beneficial, particularly the annual SyracuseCoE Symposium. “I always learn about new technology I otherwise would be unaware of,” he says.

“Information is power, and the proper use of information is where the real power is,” says Bongio. “You just can’t discover these things without being active with forward-thinking entities like the SyracuseCoE.”

SyracuseCoE Announces 2017 Innovation Fund Recipients

SyracuseCoE is proud to announce that four Upstate New York companies have been named the 2017 Innovation Fund recipients, with awards totaling $40,000. The Innovation Fund is supported by funding from the SyracuseCoE Partner Program and is designed to support Partner firms’ efforts to overcome barriers to the commercialization of potentially transformative innovations.

The four award-winning companies and their projects are:

  • LC Drives is developing next-generation electric motors that are smaller, lighter, and more energy efficient. This project will support the development of an improved rotor cooling approach to keep the rotor and magnets cooler, allowing for the manufacture of smaller, more powerful motors and generators.
  • Standard Hydrogen Corporation will advance its collaboration with experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with its Innovation Fund award, adding the U.S. Department of Energy lab to its ongoing collaboration with SHC’s New York State university partners.
  • Air Innovations will redesign a proposed revolutionary personal Cooling and heating system that could change the way we manage personal comfort within workspaces, while reducing building energy costs.
  • Bush Technical’s innovative micro-scroll compressors have multiple commercial applications for spot-cooling products. This project will allow Bush Technical to work with Syracuse University engineering students and faculty to develop a production machine and process that will optimize the finishing process.

“The Innovation Fund awards highlight Central New York’s expertise in environmental and energy systems, as well as area companies’ enthusiasm for innovation and commercialization of new technologies,” said Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director. “These awards are intended to help companies bridge the gap to commercialization of new products, as well as to provide thoughtful, constructive feedback from a panel of reviewers with expertise in the application of new technology in the marketplace.”

Proposals for the 2018 SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund will be invited to submit beginning in February.  To date, awards from SyracuseCoE’s Innovation Fund have totaled more than $330,000 and supported 25 clean energy projects throughout New York State, creating or retaining 35 jobs and increasing revenues by more than $406,000 with reported cost savings of $516,710 and increased capital expenditures of $756,881.

Eligibility for Innovation Fund awards is extended to all current members of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program. Proposals may include collaborations with non-Partner Program firms and academic partners; however, proposals must be submitted and led by members of the SyracuseCoE Partner Program.

Nine Student Presentations on Research and Innovation Projects Win Awards at 17th Annual SyracuseCoE Symposium

There were nine winners of the 2017 SyracuseCoE Symposium Student Poster Competition. Twenty-eight students from five institutions were judged last Wednesday night after the 17th Annual SyracuseCoE Symposium. Judges engaged poster contestants and posters were judged on project layout and design of posters, as well as student’s knowledge and ability to explain posters and answer questions from judges.

“Students did a fantastic job skillfully detailing their research”, said Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director and associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University. “Hosting these student innovators each year is an absolute highlight for us at this event and we are proud to do so. We applaud their accomplishments and look forward to their future successes.”

Posters were judged in three categories: undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. winners:

Undergrad Winners:

1st Place: Thomas Welles, Syracuse University, Aerospace Engineering major, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Replacement of Catalytic Converter in Automotive Exhaust; Faculty Advisor: Jeongmin Ahn

2nd Place: Alice Gorodetsky, Amanda Liberty, Burak Kakillioglu, Syracuse University, Architecture major, Heat Mapping Drones; Faculty Advisors: Tarek Rakha, Senem Velipasalar

3rd Place: Joshua Willson, SUNY Oswego, Electrical and Computer Engineering major, High Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries Composed of Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticle Anodes and Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Nanoparticle Strain Dynamics in Batteries; Faculty Advisor: Mohammad A. Islam,

Master’s Winners:

1st Place: Jenny Frank, Tim Volk, Justin Heavey, SUNY ESF, Sustainable Energy/M.S., A Stochastic Techno-Economic Analysis of Shrub Willow Production Using EcoWillow 2.0; Faculty Advisors: Tristan Brown and Bob Malmsheimer

2nd Place: Timur Sabitov, SUNY ESF, Environmental Resource Engineering – Geospatial Engineering, Overview of the Upper Watershed Conditions in the Aral Sea Basin for the Last Half of Century; Faculty Advisor: Neil Murphy

3rd Place: Samuel Caldwell, Syracuse University, Earth Science, Point Source Heat Pollution: A Study of the Effects of Artificially Channelized Inputs on Urban Stream Temperature; Faculty Advisor: Christa Kelleher

PhD Winners

1st place: Ryan Falkenstein-Smith, Syracuse University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. Candidate, Oxygen Transport Membranes for Oxy-fuel Combustion; Faculty Advisor: Jeongmin Ahn

2nd Place: Saeid Biria, Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate, Polymer Encapsulants Incorporating Light-Guiding Architectures to Increase Optical Energy Conversion In Solar Cells; Faculty Advisor: Ian D. Hosein

3rd Place: Shreyas Pathreeker, Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate, A Novel, Light-induced Photo-polymerization Based Approach Towards Developing Enhanced Battery Anodes; Faculty Advisor: Ian D. Hosein

Poster judges included Vince Bongio, SBB, Inc; Bill Chadwick, United Technologies Corp; Aimee Clinkhammer, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Lee Davis, Eaton’s Ephesus Sports Lighting; John Dougherty, SRC, Inc; Mike Frisina, Ashley McGraw Architects; Tom King, King + King Architects; Mary Reidy, National Grid; Adam Walburger, CDH Energy; and Larry Wetzel, Air Innovations.

Click here to view a pdf of abstracts for the 2017 SyracuseCoE Symposium Student Poster Competition.

Innovation Orange Interviews Faculty Fellow Elizabeth Krietemeyer

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Faculty Fellow Elizabeth Krietemeyer uses interactive reality simulations and virtual reality devices to visualize solar energy availability in the city of Syracuse, New York. Professor Krietemeyer is featured on Innovation Orange to give more insight into her research. Elizabeth Krietemyer has been a Faculty Fellow since 2015 and focuses her research on urban energy visualization and design decision-making tools; building envelope technologies and simulations for human interaction and design; and virtual and augmented reality energy simulations.

Faculty Research on Water, Energy, and Design to be Featured at 17th Annual SyracuseCoE Symposium

The 17th annual Symposium organized by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) will feature presentations by SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows and collaborating researchers that target innovations in water, energy and design for healthy, vibrant communities.  The event, which will be held Oct. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Syracuse and SyracuseCoE’s headquarters, also will include presentations by three keynote speakers and a student poster competition.

Keynote speakers for this year’s Symposium are:

  • Brewster McCracken, President and CEO of Pecan Street Institute, who will present “Bring on the data: How you can use data to solve cities’ greatest resource and environmental challenges;
  • John Fernandez, Professor and Director of the Building Technology Program and the Urban Metabolism Group at MIT, who will present “The future of cities and the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative”; and
  • Jeff Peterson, Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, who will present “Clean energy innovation and research partnerships for a sustainable future.”

“SyracuseCoE is proud to offer our 17th annual Symposium, featuring work being done by our Faculty Fellows, their students and collaborators from around the country,”” said Edward Bogucz, executive director of SyracuseCoE and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Syracuse University. “We look forward to attracting a diverse community of students, faculty members, and practitioners to attend, and to fostering ‘intellectual collisions’ that lead to new collaborations.”

SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows developed the programs for nine separate Symposium sessions, which are organized in three parallel tracks: Water in Urban Environments, Energy Resources, and Design in Urban Environments. Individual sessions include:

  • “Climate change and urban systems,” chaired by Charles Driscoll, University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering, Syracuse University;
  • “Urban water and infrastructure,” chaired by Christa Kelleher, assistant professor of earth sciences and civil and environmental engineering, Syracuse University;
  • “Hydrologic behavior in urban environments,” chaired by Laura Lautz, Jessie Page Heroy Professor and Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University;
  • “Improving combustion engines through reliable ignition prediction and control,” chaired by Ben Akih-Kumgeh, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Syracuse University;
  • “Advanced energy conversion and storage technologies,” chaired by Jeongmin Ahn, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Syracuse University;
  • “Biorefineries, biofuels, and bioproducts,” chaired by Biljana Bujanovic, associate professor of paper and bioprocess engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry;
  • “Designed material systems,” chaired by Daekwon Park, assistant professor of architecture, Syracuse University.
  • “Big data, urban energy modeling, and visualization for community engagement” (2 sessions), chaired by Bess Krietemeyer, assistant professor of architecture, Syracuse University, and Tarek Rakha, assistant professor of architecture, Syracuse University.

For more information, please visit the symposium main page.

SyracuseCoE Awards Funding for Eight Research and Innovation Projects led by Faculty Fellows

Projects engage 17 faculty members at Syracuse University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and SUNY Upstate Medical University

SyracuseCoE announced today that eight research and innovations projects led by its Faculty Fellows were competitively selected to receive awards totaling $112,750. The projects engage a total of 17 faculty members from Syracuse University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU).

“The SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows Program bolsters discovery and innovation, strengthening Syracuse University’s growing research portfolio,” said John Liu, Vice President for Research at Syracuse University. “These awards provide early-stage funding to support both individual faculty research and collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects that leverage our strengths in multiple fields.”

Projects were selected based on responses to a request for proposals issued by SyracuseCoE earlier this year. SyracuseCoE is New York State’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, which is led by Syracuse University in collaboration with SUNY ESF, SUNY UMU, SUNY Oswego, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity and dozens of industry partners.

Each faculty member who is involved in a project is appointed as a SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellow for a three-year term. Eleven faculty members are newly appointed, increasing to 38 the number of current SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows.

“We are thrilled that the SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows program has attracted a diverse community of faculty members from seven schools and colleges at Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, and SUNY UMU,” said Edward Bogucz, SyracuseCoE executive director and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Syracuse University. “We look forward to supporting the success of the new round of Faculty Fellow projects, which are targeted to create innovations in environmental and energy systems.”

The projects, principal investigators (listed first), and their collaborators are:

Atmospheric Deposition and Trace Gas Exchange, and the Function of a Green Roof on the Syracuse Urban Landscape
Charles T. Driscoll, University Professor of Environmental Systems and Distinguished Professor, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms: An Overlooked Source of Carcinogenic Disinfection Byproducts
Teng Zeng, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Evaluating the Ability of Land to Replicate Indian Point’s Electricity Supply Profile
Tristan Brown, Assistant Professor, Forest and Natural Resource Management, SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry
Marie-Odile Fortier, Assistant Professor, Forest and Natural Resource Management, SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry
Mike Kelleher, Senior Research Associate, Forest and Natural Resource Management, SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry
Robert Malmsheimer, Professor, Forest and Natural Resource Management, SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry
Tim Volk, Senior Research Associate, Forest and Natural Resource Management, SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry

Enabling Advanced Compression Ignition Engines Through Modeling of Biodiesel-gasoline Combustion Chemistry
Ben Akih-Kumgeh, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University
Theodore S. Dibble, Professor and Associate Chair of Chemistry, Chemistry, SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry

Impact Of Relative Humidity On Human Performance In Cold Climate Office Buildings – A Pilot Study
Usha Satish, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, UMU
Suresh Santanam, Associate Professor, Director of Industrial Assessment Center, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Community Energy Dashboard: A Tool for a Community Energy Approach
Bess Krietemeyer, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Syracuse University
Tarek Rakha, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Syracuse University
Jason Dedrick, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Development of Novel Quartz Crystal Microbalance Sensors for Environmental Signature Detection
James T. Spencer, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University
Fred Schlereth, Associate Research Professor, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Towards an All Solid-State Calcium Ion Battery
Ian Hosein, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

More information on these projects may be found on SyracuseCoE’s web site.

The projects were made possible by funding to support SyracuseCoE activities awarded by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR). The next request for proposals for the SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows Program is planned for in spring 2018 for projects beginning in summer 2018.

Faculty Fellows Research: Simulating Building Energy Use

Syracuse University Research Collaboration

Project: Developing an urban energy model to simulate, test, and visualize energy usage and future scenarios and strategies. “Imagine that you have a neighborhood and are able to visualize existing energy measurements. And then, let’s simulate putting advanced technologies in all of those buildings and see the impact,” says Rakha. The project is taking place in the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab, run by Krietemeyer, at SyracuseCoE.

  • Bess Krietemeyer (principal investigator), assistant professor, School of Architecture, Syracuse University
  • Tarek Rakha, assistant professor, School of Architecture, Syracuse University
  • Jason Dedrick, professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Nuts and Bolts: Working with the Pecan Street Institute, an energy research organization, the team is using data on household energy use from a neighborhood in Austin, Texas, to develop a visual simulation of energy use, as well as how those energy flows might differ, using different building materials or building technologies.

Intellectual Collision: Krietemeyer and Rakha are colleagues in the School of Architecture, where Krietemeyer focuses on visualization of energy use at the urban scale and Rakha on building energy models. After hearing Krietemeyer present her work at the annual SyracuseCoE Symposium in 2016, Dedrick, who has conducted research on smart grid technologies, approached her to collaborate, using large data sets he had available on energy use in Austin.

Practical Application: The data is not particularly meaningful in its existing state in Excel spreadsheets. “We’re creating a tool that visually illustrates energy use that can be used by a variety of stakeholders,” says Krietemeyer. “Maps will show how the community uses energy but also how a single household uses energy over the course of a day, a month, or a year.”

And Another Thing: The tool, which they call VIS-SIM, can also demonstrate “what if” scenarios important for designers and architects. How will energy be saved if we change the color of the roof or change the type of glass in the windows? What if we change the orientation of the building?

SyracuseCoE Impact: A $25,000 competitive award in 2016–17 funded the improvement of an existing building energy model, making it more precise and calibrating it to actual energy use data. A second award of $15,000 in 2017–18 is funding creation of a dashboard, a functioning online visual platform where multiple stakeholders can use the data and provide feedback. Both Krietemeyer and Rakha have labs in the SyracuseCoE headquarters, where much of their individual work on the project occurs.

Expert Opinion: Ultimately, the tool could be used in other geographic areas and climates to make smarter decisions about energy use or building for energy efficiency. “Austin was our initial testbed because the data was available,” says Krietemeyer, “but we hope to test this in multiple regions and multiple climate types.”

 

Additional research

Syracuse University Wins $500,000 Grant to Support Entrepreneurship in Energy Innovations

Syracuse University has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur regional entrepreneurial activity relating to innovations in energy and environmental systems. The grant proposal was one of 42 selected nationwide to receive funding under the federal Economic Development Administration’s 2017 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program.

The award will support a three-year project led by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) in partnership with CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity. The project will help start-up ventures and established companies develop innovations that monitor and control energy and environmental quality in built environments—homes, schools, offices, factories, and neighborhoods—and in related applications, such as food production, transport and preservation.

“Syracuse University is fortunate to have outstanding faculty, staff and facilities to support research and entrepreneurship in energy and environmental systems,” says Syracuse University Vice President for Research John Liu. “This award is a great opportunity for us to put the highest levels of scholarship to work on an issue of vital significance to our communities and world—and help position Central New York as a leader in energy entrepreneurship.”

The award builds on successes of a four-year initiative to catalyze the rebirth of a Central New York industry cluster in “Advanced Manufacturing in Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC).” The AM-TEC initiative, which was led by SyracuseCoE in partnership with six other organizations and institutions, engaged 66 regional manufacturers, created or retained 98 jobs and resulted in more than $4 million in increased sales.

“The new project will ensure the long-term vitality of the fledgling AM-TEC cluster by connecting innovators to customers in major markets, and developing and testing proofs-of-concept of envisioned innovations,” says Ed Bogucz, executive director of SyracuseCoE and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Syracuse University. Syracuse Center of Excellence, which will administer the grant in partnership with the CCEO. “We want to continue to build on our region’s historic strengths in thermal and environmental control-related manufacturing—and to encourage development of innovations promote healthier indoor environments.”

The project includes activities that are designed to support the development of 10 new ventures and 15 new products commercialized by existing companies. The project team envisions that successful results will include 50 jobs created within two years after the conclusion of the project and 200 jobs created within five years after its conclusion.

“CenterState CEO looks forward to working with SyracuseCoE on this important new initiative, which strategically targets opportunities to develop innovations in precision sensing technologies and data analytics,” says Robert Simpson, CenterState CEO’s president and CEO. “The project promises to create new linkages between multiple industry sectors in Central New York, generating new ideas and new ventures.”

The RIS program, led by the Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, seeks to build innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the country. This is the fourth cohort of RIS awardees under the program.

Disrupting Climate Disruption

At the September Research and Technology Forum two SyracuseCoE researchers presented technological and economic approaches to the issue of climate disruption. The presenters offered strategies on reducing carbon emissions at the center’s Research and Technology Forum.

Prof. Peter Wilcoxen, a SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellow, presented the idea of a tax reform package that would include a small carbon tax, which could to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions by a considerable amount (or considerably). The tax would not only reduce carbon emissions, but also reduce the tax on income, which lead to heightened investment and GDP.

Ryan Falkenstein-Smith, a graduate student researcher from the COMER Lab at SyracuseCoE, detailed his research on the development of oxygen transport membranes (OTMs) and their role in the process of carbon capture. The development of OTMs can revolutionize carbon capture, reducing energy and financial costs.

Presenters:

Ryan Falkenstein-Smith, PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University

Peter Wilcoxen, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research.

Moderator:

Neil Webb, Director of Business Development at OBG.

 

Research & Technology Forum Series

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Faculty Fellows Research: Protecting New York’s Groundwater

Project: The team sampled well water in five counties in New York’s Southern Tier to compare water methane levels against those in Pennsylvania, where there is hydrofracking of the Marcellus Shale, in an attempt to gauge the environmental impact of hydrofracking in a more accurate way. “The two areas are very similar,” says Lautz. “The geology is the same, the climate is the same. The only major difference is the presence of hydrofracking.”

  • Laura Lautz (principal investigator), Jessie Page Heroy Professor and chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University
  • Greg Hoke, associate professor and associate chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University
  • Zunli Lu, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University

Nuts and Bolts: Working with 10 homeowners across the region, the team tested the methane level of their well water once a month for a year. “Every month we provided a report to homeowners informing them what we found in their well,” says Lautz.

Why This Matters: One of the biggest concerns people have with hydrofracking is that natural gas will get into shallow ground water and contaminate people’s wells. Natural gas—composed of methane—also occurs spontaneously. “We are trying to understand why people have methane in their wells naturally so that we might be able to differentiate what’s natural from what’s unnatural,” Lautz says.

What They Know: Some homeowners have negligible amounts of methane in their water, while others “could probably light their tap on fire,” Lautz says. That range is normal. “What we’ve found is that the wells with high methane have been consistently high all year around. It
looks like if someone has a methane problem and it’s natural, it’s consistent and stays that way.”

SyracuseCoE Impact: A $25,000 competitive award from the SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows Program funded a full year of water sampling and analysis, as well as a stipend for Syracuse University Earth sciences doctoral student Amanda Schultz, who has coordinated sample collection with the homeowners. “We absolutely would not have had the financial resources to collect the water samples and do the laboratory analysis without SyracuseCoE funding,” Lautz says.

And Another Thing: This project is a component of the ongoing Project SWIFT (ShaleWater Interaction in Forensic Tools), a large-scale water quality program in the Marcellus Shale region. “We have been to more than 200 homes in southern New York to collect baseline data,” says Lautz. “It’s super important. If they ever do hydrofrack in New York, we have a lot of information on what things were like beforehand.”

 

Additional research

 

CNY Innovation Resources

The Central New York Advantage

Syracuse and the five counties of Central New York are home to a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem fueled by the proximity of multiple industry clusters and numerous research universities.

New York State offers resources designed to enable new and existing businesses to become more competitive through the use of innovative technologies. Centers and programs that are supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) emphasize the importance of working with industry as a way to leverage New York State’s technology strengths to produce new products. The state also offers other innovation development support resources, including financial incentives to foster university collaboration, research and innovation.

Central New York’s diverse resources and strategic location make it a fertile environment for business success. Within CNY’s Innovation Crossroads, SyracuseCoE and CNYBAC catalyze collaborations and innovations in environment, health, energy, and biotechnology. Throughout Syracuse and CNY, additional resources include the centers and programs listed below.

CASE

The Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) is a NYSTAR-designated Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) in complex information systems that provides businesses from a wide range of industry sectors with expertise in all aspects of “big data,” from data mining and analytics, to information fusion, predictive analysis, cybersecurity, autonomy, UAV/drones, and the “internet of things.”

 

CenterstateCEO

CenterstateCEO is an independent and forward-thinking economic development strategist, business leadership organization and chamber of commerce; dedicated to the success of its members and the prosperity of the region. CenterState CEO actively pursues business attraction leads in order to bring more firms and jobs to the region.

 

CNY Regional Innovation Hot Spot at The Tech Garden

Headed by Centerstate CEO, The Tech Garden is designated by NYSTAR as a Central New York Innovation Hot Spot. This program delivers innovative physical and virtual incubation and business development programming combining higher education resources with early-stage funding, coaching, and mentorship. Often referred to as a stepping stone to the STARTUP NY program, the Hot Spot program helps NYS incubators deliver programming and tax incentives.

 

NYSSTLC

Syracuse University College of Law and the Technology Commercialization Law Center have been designated the New York State Science & Technology Law Center (NYSSLC) by NYSTAR since 2004. NYSSTLC provides legal education, research, information and support services to the more than 30 universities and research centers in NYS supported by NYSTAR as well as NYS entrepreneurs and companies with new technologies.

 

TDO

Train, Develop, Optimize (TDO) is a not-for-profit consulting and training organization helping businesses and organizations grow through harnessing the power of their people. TDO brings new products and innovations to market with programs like TDMI and SBIR support. Training and coaching services in sales skills, marketing and international business development. They are the New York State NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) center for Central New York.

 

Faculty Fellows Research: Engineered by Design

Daekwon Park, assistant professor, School of Architecture, Syracuse University


Backstory: Park’s research focuses on designing innovations in the geometry and configuration of building materials at multiple scale levels—cellular materials, functionally graded materials, and adaptive materials—to improve the thermal or structural performance of building components or systems.

Projects: He is conducting early-stage research on three projects:

  • Adaptive thermal skin research developing dynamic building skins that can alternate between a thermal insulator and heat exchanger, based on thermal environment
  • Topo-joint research, integrating 3D-printed, nonconventional building materials for creating highly customized joints and connections for building applications
  • Architectured soil, exploring the design of 3D-structured soil-based materials for structural, hygrothermal, and acoustical performance of masonry blocks.

Nuts and Bolts: All three projects implement novel geometric strategies to existing building materials and components—plastic, brick, concrete, membrane, etc.—for augmenting targeted functions. For instance, the Adaptive Thermal Skin research aims to create a dynamic insulation using thin and lightweight membranes that change insulation values based on seasonal temperature differences and building orientation. This could dramatically reduce the heating or cooling load in buildings during transitional periods in spring and fall, when there are large temperature differences outdoors between daytime and night.

Why It Matters: Compared to the materials used in high-tech products or upmarket goods, building materials need to satisfy challenging economic and performance requirements that constrain the type of material or technology that can be used. “One promising approach for the field of architecture is to augment the performance of affordable and durable common building materials, such as concrete, brick, and wood, through geometric configuration—much like how spiders produce a variety of webs with different properties via geometric/compositional variations of the same web material— rather than investing in the costly development of new and unfamiliar materials,” says Park.

Expert Opinion: Park has extensive experience with large-scale sports and entertainment facility design around the world, including the United States, Australia, China, and South Korea, where he managed projects including the Ansan Baseball Dome, Gimpo Sports Town Master Plan, and the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium. He is a co-founder of the multidisciplinary design practice SISO (Systematic Input Soft Output), based in Syracuse, Minneapolis, and Seoul, and is director of the Material Archi-Tectonic Research (MATR) Lab at SyracuseCoE.

How SyracuseCoE Helped: SyracuseCoE provided support for fabrication equipment in the MATR Lab as well as funding for research interns, materials, and publication costs. “The support from SyracuseCoE has been critical for advancing my career as a young researcher,” says Park. “That assistance includes supporting and guiding funding proposals, inviting and introducing me to events and people, and providing the space and resources to set up my lab.”

 

See published research for Daekwon Park

Daylighting for Cognition

In 2017, SyracuseCoE catalyzed a new study on the effect of daylighting on cognitive performance in the workplace. The study compares two different window technologies: conventional roller window shades and electrochromic glazing that changes tint in response to sensors or occupant control.

“We are trying to find out if there is a correlation between an office environment that has better lighting conditions and exposure, and its effect on certain cognitive function,” says Tarek Rakha, assistant professor at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and an expert in daylighting in built environments.

Too much glare or brightness through a window causes thermal discomfort and visual disturbances that can make occupants uncomfortable. This is especially true in high-performance buildings, which are designed to optimize the capture of daylighting.

Rakha conceived the Daylighting for Cognition study to take advantage of a new installation of SageGlass, an electrochromic “smart” glass on the SyracuseCoE’s third floor. He engaged collaborators from Syracuse University’s Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to gauge its impact.

SageGlass, produced by SAGE Electrochromics, Inc., is an electronically tintable, energy-efficient glazing solution for windows, skylights, and curtain walls that actively manages solar heat and glare without blocking the view to the outdoors.

Rakha was inspired by a previous project that studied the impact of indoor air quality on cognitive function, The COGfx Study, conducted by researchers at Harvard University, Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse University in SyracuseCoE’s Total Indoor Environmental Quality Lab in 2014. Thinking about current interest in environmental factors and human wellbeing, Rakha wondered if the technology used on building window envelopes—and the resulting interior daylight—can impact the cognitive performance of workers compared to traditional envelopes. Sage was excited about the notion of looking beyond building performance, occupant visual or thermal comfort, and further into the impact on occupant well-being, a new frontier in the research of sustainability.

To create this indoor environmental quality study, Rakha brought together an interdisciplinary team, including Michael Kalish, Syracuse University professor of psychology; Mariana Figueiro, director of the Lighting Research Center; and Chetna Chianese, associate director of research at SyracuseCoE. Syracuse University architecture undergraduate student Emily Greer served as a research assistant for the project. Figueiro, a leader in lighting research, was recruited to assist with experimental design and data analysis, providing short term performance tests used successfully in the past and a sensor to measure circadian effective light.

“The idea is to be able to measure how much circadian light people are being exposed to,” Figueiro says. “The hypothesis is that if you’re exposed to a greater amount of circadian light during the daytime, that you’re going to be more alert. And if you’re more alert, you will perform better on these performance tests and perhaps on cognition.”

But that’s a big if. “We’re exploring the question objectively,” says Rakha. “We cannot say for sure that they’re going to be more productive.”

To that end, he recruited Kalish, who has conducted theoretical research on the mechanisms responsible for cognitive function. The psychologist provided a tool to measure cognitive function precise enough to vary with changes in mood or wakefulness that the study aims to cause, and he is analyzing data collected along with his graduate student, Osung Seo.

To test their hypothesis, 60 participants were recruited to come to SyracuseCoE headquarters and work in office space during five sunny days in June and July 2017, when the sun was at its highest angle. Participants worked in an office environment with regular window roller shades, as well as a duplicate environment with SageGlass electrochromic glazing. During the course of their workday, participants took part in various performance and cognitive function tests. This process will be repeated in September and October, when the sun is at a lower angle.

“We wanted people to come in and do their normal tasks to see how they reacted to the various daylighting and assess how that affects them,” says Greer, a research assistant at SyracuseCoE’s Performative Praxis Lab, who managed the process to secure approval of the research protocol by Syracuse University’s Institutional Review Board, led recruitment of study participants, and oversaw technology used
for the project.

Documenting a connection would be an important finding, says Figueiro. “There are so many things in the built environment that may affect cognition, it’s hard to tease out the effect. If the study can make that link, it would definitely be novel.”

Regardless of the results, Rakha says the study illustrates the importance of the SyracuseCoE in catalyzing research and innovation in sustainable technologies.

“We could not do this project without SyracuseCoE facilities or the leadership SyracuseCoE provides for faculty and researchers in the area,” he says, pointing to the SageGlass installation, SyracuseCoE’s existing relationship with SAGE and RPI’s Lighting Research Center, and the research support provided. “The SyracuseCoE building is fantastic for testing the technological frontiers of the building itself, but it’s the people that provide the conduit and network to make it happen.”

Study Finds Syracuse Has Good Potential for Transportation Alternatives

The findings of a year long study-FAST: Syracuse were presented at a public exhibition held at SyracuseCoE. The study identified multiple opportunities to promote adoption of multi-modal, sustainable transportation alternatives in the City of Syracuse. The feasibility of three urban mobility systems was evaluated by this study.

  1. Human-Powered Mobility through enhancing walkability and bikeability in strategically targeted areas
  2. Sharing Economy in the form of sharing of bikes and electric vehicles
  3. Public Transportation through better integration with existing regional services

A brief overview of the results and recommendations were presented by Dr. Tarek Rakha, assistant professor of architecture at Syracuse University, who led the team that performed the study. The presentation was followed by an exhibition of the findings, including public engagement for feedback and assimilation of commentary in the final report.

Dr. Rakha spoke to Chris Bolt about the study findings before the exhibition: Syracuse Center of Excellence Finds Untapped Potential for Sustainable Transit in Syracuse

The study, which was funded in part by NYSERDA and NYSDOT, was conducted by a multidisciplinary team of students, faculty, staff members and professionals, including individuals from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, College of Engineering and Computer Science, SyracuseCoE, Barton & Loguidice (B&L), Clean Communities of Central NY, Downtown Committee of Syracuse, and Hitachi Consulting. Project advisors included Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC), CENTRO, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, and the City of Syracuse.

PRESENTER:

Dr. Tarek Rakha is an architect, building scientist and educator. He directs the Performative Praxis Lab (PPL), a Syracuse Architecture research lab housed at the SyracuseCoE. PPL aims to influence sustainable practices in architecture and urban design by leading innovative research in three fields: sustainable mobility and outdoor comfort, daylighting and energy in buildings, and the use of drones in building performance inspection. Dr. Rakha is Principal Investigator on multiple externally funded projects, including FAST: Syracuse, funded by NYSERDA and NYSDOT, Daylighting for Cognition, funded by SageGlass, and Heat Mapping Drones, funded by the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. Prior to joining Syracuse University, he completed his PhD in building technology at MIT, where he was an instructor and part of the Sustainable Design Lab as a member of the developing team for umi, the urban modeling and simulation platform. His research was published in peer reviewed journals, such as Solar Energy and the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America LEUKOS, as well as in numerous conference proceedings including Building Simulation and PLEA. He was also an invited speaker and critic by a variety of organizations and academic institutions including TEDxCairo, Harvard University and the American University of Beirut.

“So, if the public are not aware of what sustainable transportation means for their lives and their kids’ lives and their grandkids’ lives and for living in the United States in general then we might go in a path that is going to be favoring automobiles rather than people.” – Dr. Tarek RakhaDr. Tarek Rakha
Photo of Students and Professor Together

The students who worked on the project are:

Current Research Interns:

Christian Martinez, MArch (Alumni)

Michaela Wozniak, BArch and Geography Student

Previous Interns (2016-2017): 

Maria Coconato, BArch Student,  Elise Chelak, BArch Student

Deena Darby, BArch Student,  Anuradha Desai, BArch Student

Rutuja Ganoo, BArch Student,  Alice Gorodetsky, BArch Student

Ruting Li, MArch Student,  Stephanie Portmann, BArch Student

Pouya Zhand, MArch (Alumni)

Syracuse Center of Excellence Finds Untapped Potential for Sustainable Transit in Syracuse. Find more information in this interview.

 

Research & Technology Forum Series

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

A Public Exhibition at SyracuseCoE explains why in FAST: Syracuse – Streets are for People!

The public is invited to SyracuseCoE for a presentation of a “Feasibility Assessment of Sustainable Transportation (FAST): Syracuse,” a recent study on sustainable transportation alternatives for Central New York. The findings of FAST: Syracuse will be shared in a Research & Technology Forum and Public Exhibition at 3:30pm, June 22, 2017, in room 203, with a reception to follow. For those interested but unable to attend, a webinar will be available. Please register to attend in person or via webinar at the top of this page.

FAST: Syracuse explored the potential of sustainable transportation alternatives to reduce greenhouse gases and improve the vitality of Syracuse and Central New York. The yearlong study identified multiple opportunities to promote adoption of multi-modal, sustainable transportation alternatives in the City of Syracuse. The study evaluated the feasibility of developing, implementing, growing and promoting three urban mobility systems:

  • Human-Powered Mobility through enhancing walkability and bikeability in strategically targeted areas
  • Sharing Economy in the form of sharing of bikes and electric vehicles
  • Public Transportation through better integration with existing regional services

The study, which was funded in part by NYSERDA and NYSDOT, was conducted by a multidisciplinary team of students, faculty, staff members and professionals, including individuals from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, College of Engineering and Computer Science, SyracuseCoE, Barton & Loguidice (B&L), Clean Communities of Central NY, Downtown Committee of Syracuse, and Hitachi Consulting. Project advisors included Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC), CENTRO, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, and the City of Syracuse.

A brief overview of the results and recommendations will be presented by Dr. Tarek Rakha, assistant professor of architecture at Syracuse University, who led the team that performed the study. The presentation will be followed by a reception and exhibition of the findings, offering public engagement for feedback and assimilation of commentary in the final report.

7th International Building Physics Conference Invites Abstracts for Presentations

The 7th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC2018) has released a Call for Abstracts, inviting papers to be presented in September 2018, in Syracuse, NY. The online abstract submission center will be open from June 1, 2017 until October 1, 2017.

IBPC 2018 is jointly organized by SyracuseCoE, Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Syracuse University School of Architecture. The conference will be held at the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown on September 23-26, 2018.

Building on successes of previous International Association of Building Physics (IABP) conferences—held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Leuven, Belgium; Montreal, Canada; Istanbul, Turkey; Kyoto, Japan; and Torino, Italy, the theme of IBPC2018 is “Healthy, Intelligent, and Resilient Buildings and Urban Environments.” It will provide a forum for scientific, technological and design exchanges through multiple platforms: 1) presentations of original research and development work and findings, 2) demonstrations and exhibitions of innovative green building technologies, and 3) forum discussions of future challenges and opportunities.

IBPC2018 will cover a wide range of topics cutting across multiple scales of the built environmental systems ranging from nano-material applications, to micro-environments around occupants, to rooms and whole buildings, and to neighborhood and urban scales. The goal of the conference is to advance the collective understanding of the nature and behavior of the cyber-physical systems in these different scales, how they interact, and what can be done to optimize their design and operation for healthy, intelligent and resilient buildings and urban environments. Conference topic areas include:
• Building Materials, Assemblies, and Enclosure Systems
• Green Buildings, Green Roofs and the Urban Environment
• Intelligent Monitoring and Management Systems
• Human Factors: Occupant Perception, Behavior, and Impact on Building Performance
• Indoor Environmental Quality (Air, Thermal, Daylighting, Artificial Lighting, Acoustical, Visual)
• Modeling, Simulation and Design Processes
• Innovative Energy and Power Generation and Management
• Policy and Economics
• Mission Critical Environmental Systems

IBPC2018 is the 7th triennial conference of the IABP. IABP conferences provide a forum for scientists, researchers and practitioners from all over the world to disseminate technical information, new ideas and the latest developments and discuss future directions in the fields of building physics.

COGfx Update

The researchers who conducted the groundbreaking COGfx Study returned to SyracuseCoE headquarters in February 2017 to report results from their second study, which examined impacts of indoor environmental quality on cognitive function of workers in office buildings across the country.

The initial study, conducted in 2014 at the Total Indoor Environmental Quality (TIEQ) Lab at SyracuseCoE, quantified the benefits of improved indoor air quality—including lower levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds—on cognitive function of office workers. The second study evaluated indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in 12 office buildings across the United States, including seven buildings that had earned certification in the LEED green-building rating system and five high-performing buildings that were not LEEDcertified. The study evaluated cognitive function of workers in each building by the same methods used in the TIEQ Lab study. Results found that green-certified buildings improve cognitive function in general by 26 percent and that people’s overall health improved by 30 percent, highlighting the health benefits of better indoor environments.

“Over the years, green buildings have grown in popularity, and now this study has proven the positive physical and mental impacts green buildings can have on tenants, creating an even greater benefit for investing in green certification,” says John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer for United Technologies Corporation.

Study principals participating in the forum included Joseph G. Allen, assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Piers MacNaughton, research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Usha Satish, professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Industry Partners Innovation: Standard Hydrogen

Hydrogen Infrastructure

California is leading the way in zero-emission vehicle transportation, with more than 2,000 automobiles on the road powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which have a range of 300 to 400 miles and can refuel in three to five minutes. While at least three automakers—Toyota, Kia, and Honda— manufacture hydrogen fuel cell models, the lack of infrastructure to refuel these vehicles prohibits their wide-scale adoption. It’s a problem Paul Mutolo is tackling in New York State.

Along with two business partners, Mutolo founded Standard Hydrogen Corporation in 2012. Initially, the company won a $3 million federal award to bring a fuel cell bus to Ithaca, which would have been the first deployment of a fuel cell bus in the state. But the grant only paid for the bus itself. When the team failed to raise funds for a hydrogen fueling station—due to perceived lack of demand—they had to give the bus back, forcing the company to rethink its business model.

“We realized that we needed to diversify and make sure there was something else we could do with the infrastructure besides serve vehicles,” says Mutolo. That was an unintended blessing. In California, hydrogen stations provide fuel from storage tanks, similar to conventional gas stations. Standard Hydrogen developed a new system to produce hydrogen on site. The goal is to develop a sustainable hydrogen infrastructure to fuel vehicles and to use that infrastructure to help support the power grid across the state.

“After Hurricane Sandy, a lot of cellphone towers were the only things that remained up and running around the New York City area, and that was because they were backed up by fuel cell power units,” explains Mutolo. “That’s exactly what we’re doing, just on a larger scale.”
Standard Hydrogen has a proprietary design for the technology and is looking to build a demonstration station in New York State.

“SyracuseCoE has helped us validate our idea for functionality on the grid and for being able to generate revenues from the grid. With their support, we advanced critical conversations with Con Edison and National Grid,” he says.

An award from SyracuseCoE’s Innovation Fund helped the team develop a print and digital media campaign to educate stakeholders
about hydrogen fuel cell technology and the advantages of this dual-use, multi-revenue station.

Says Mutolo, “New York has goals to replace several million conventional vehicles with zero-emission vehicles over the next several years and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are part of that solution. Standard Hydrogen is helping New York achieve this essential goal.”

Hybrid-Reality for Environmental Design

In an era where smart cities, intelligent buildings, and responsive environments will be expected to equally adapt to the built environment and to the building occupant, the development of new design tools and energy feedback systems are critical for predicting the aesthetic and performance impacts of our future buildings and cities. How will architects, engineers, and city planners visualize and integrate the quantitative and qualitative effects of dynamic energy flows in accordance with adaptable systems and diverse human preferences? Visualizing energy-based data according to multiple perspectives and performance criteria is essential to understanding its spatiotemporal character, impacts on comfort, and relevance in the design decision-making process.

Assistant Professors Bess Krietemeyer and Amber Bartosh (Syracuse School of Architecture), and interactive artist and software developer Lorne Covington (NOIRFLUX) discussed “Hybrid-Reality for Environmental Design” through the lens of ongoing design research at the SyracuseCoE Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL) and at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MoST). They presented collaborative work that explores innovative simulation workflows that merge contemporary techniques for energy modeling with augmented and virtual reality visualization methods in order to facilitate the integration of energy and user feedback in the architectural design process. Following the presentation there was a demonstration of the hybrid reality design research in the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab on the 5th floor of the SyracuseCoE.

Presenters:

Dr. Bess KrietemeyerDr. Bess Krietemeyer

Dr. Bess Krietmeyeris an architectural designer and researcher whose expertise lies at the intersection of advanced building technologies, interactive systems, and building performance simulation. She leads the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab at the Syracuse Center of Excellence, where her research focuses on hybrid-reality simulations for interactive design and energy analysis. She teaches studios and technical courses emphasizing environmental performance within architectural design. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Dr. Krietemeyer conducted interdisciplinary research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), where she received her Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences. She has practiced with Lubrano Ciavarra Architects and with CASE and Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) on international projects that integrate next-generation building technologies. Her research has been published and presented in several peer-reviewed forums, including installations in New York City and in Troy, as well as SmartGeometry, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, ACADIA, Human Computer Interaction, and most recently featured in the journal Architectural Design. Her book chapter contributions include “Architecture in Formation,” “Inside Smartgeometry: Expanding the Architectural Possibilities of Computational Design,” and “Architecture and Interaction.”

Amber BartoshAmber Bartosh

Amber Bartosh is an architect and interior designer who has designed and managed award-winning projects for competition, bid & design build processes in the United States, China, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Her interest in sustainability as a standard for all design led to her 2008 accreditation by LEED. She has completed both gold and silver level LEED projects and served as project manager for Emergent Tom Wiscombe LLC, an internationally recognized architectural practice focused on the integration of biology, computation, and contemporary design sensibilities. Following her cum laude double major in Art and Architecture at Rice University she went on to graduate work in the M.Arch2 program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). She completed her work at SCI-Arc with a Master’s in Architecture and the Alpha Rho Chi medal. Amber Bartosh is currently an Assistant Professor for the School of Architecture at Syracuse University where she teaches both foundation studios and representation courses focused on expanding the capacity of digital media in architecture.

Lorne CovingtonLorne Covington

Lorne Covington, Creative Director and Principal at NOIRFLUX, creates participatory environments that provide immersive exploration, education, advocacy, and improvisational expression. Lorne is fluent with visual and performing art, electronic hardware, embedded systems and all layers of software development, creates immersive responsive environments using cutting-edge sensing and software technologies. Covington’s work focuses on the intangible space between action and response, the moment-to-moment experience of involvement with a complex system that turns the act of viewing into one of exploration, creation and play. Recent projects include “Affectations” at the Kennedy Center, “Dancing Light Theater” at the MOST in Syracuse and the JournoWall Participatory Media Environment at the Newhouse School, where students and faculty can interact with large-scale visual information and sound.

 

Research & Technology Forum Series 

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Industry Partners Innovation: Cortland Research

Automating for Efficiency

More than 76 percent of electricity used in the United States is consumed in residential and commercial buildings. Central New York-based Cortland Research has developed a novel energy conservation solution for buildings with POUNCE, an inexpensive system of electrical sensors and controls that reduces energy consumption while maintaining comfort based on occupancy of a space.

“Temperature and occupancy are big factors in trying to improve building efficiency based on use,” says Steve McMahon, who founded the company along with his son, John. “Our system allows providers of environmental systems to make them more dynamic and realize savings based on the information POUNCE can provide to them.”

POUNCE is an affordable energy monitoring system that easily integrates into existing wiring via electrical outlets and switches. The web-based system allows users to view and control their system remotely, adjusting thermostats, turning lighting and appliances on or off, and
managing power flow to outlets.

McMahon started Cortland Research in 2010. “We had a vision that building automation systems would become commonplace and our idea could provide building owners in underserved markets better options for sensing and control, leading to energy efficiency,” he says.

Today, POUNCE systems are used by the New York City Department of Education in city schools, Corning, Onondaga Community College, and SUNY Cortland. McMahon attributes much of the company’s growth to assistance received through partnering with SyracuseCoE.

“SyracuseCoE understands the benefit of POUNCE Systems as a complementary component of air quality and energy conservation, and their endorsement of our products gave us credibility,” says McMahon. SyracuseCoE contacts led to important sales, including a new contact that is helping the firm extend its sales reach nationwide.

Cortland Research has received three competitive awards to date from SyracuseCoE, including two from its Innovation Fund and one associated with a regional initiative to grow Central New York’s industry cluster in Advanced Manufacturing of Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC). The latest award from the SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund enabled Cortland Research to complete engineering design of a CO2 sensor for the system. Via funding awarded to SyracuseCoE by the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to support the AM-TEC initiative, Cortland Research is implementing and studying point-of-use CO2/occupancy/temperature sensing.

Cortland Research installed prototype CO2 sensors into POUNCE switches installed in the Willis H. Carrier TIEQ Laboratory at SyracuseCoE, creating an interface between the POUNCE system and Carrier HVAC systems. The study demonstrated a potential energy reduction of up to 34 percent in office environments. McMahon says the POUNCE platform allows for many additional features.

“SyracuseCoE has been an incredible resource and we would not have come this far without them,” he says.

Faculty Fellows Research: Visualizing Stream Temperatures from Storm Runoff

Christa Kelleher

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University

Published research for this project:

Airborne thermal infrared videography of stream temperature anomalies from a small unoccupied aerial system

Relative information from thermal infrared imagery via unoccupied aerial vehicle informs simulations and spatially-distributed assessments of stream temperature

Project: Monitoring longitudinal patterns of stream temperature and levels of storm flow along Onondaga Creek.

The Basics: Numerous culverts along Onondaga Creek funnel storm water into the creek, which flows into Onondaga Lake. Storm water is warm and typically raises the temperature of the water it flows into, potentially making an ecological impact on the biology of the body of water.

Nuts and Bolts: Kelleher is building visual temperature models with data she’s collecting through use of a thermal camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle. “Conventionally, if you wanted to measure temperature, you’d install sensors at various points along the stream,” says Kelleher. “The camera on the drone allows me to look at patterns and differences across the stream.”

What She Knows: Some of the water inputs are colder than expected. “There’s a natural spring coming in near the top of the study reach, which as expected, is coming in very cold. But there are culvert inputs along the way, some of which are warm and some are colder than anticipated,” she says. “These things just light up like a Christmas tree on the imagery. It’s great.”

Lessons to Learn: Other research of this type has been conducted in warmer climates, so Kelleher says it’s possible that thermal pollution may not be as big an issue in Syracuse. “We also haven’t done a test in the heat of the summer yet, so we’ll see how different things look then.”

SyracuseCoE Impact: A $10,000 competitive award from the SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellow Program allowed Kelleher to purchase the thermal camera, pay for a pilot to fly the drone, and support Syracuse University Earth sciences graduate student Sam Caldwell to assist on the project. “As a new faculty member in a variable funding environment, it’s been great to get support for a local project, both to help me learn the area and to connect with other researchers on campus,” says Kelleher, who is organizing a session on Water in Urban Environments at the 2017 SyracuseCoE Symposium.

Bottom Line: In the Eastern United States, storm water is a big concern that will increase with climate change and urbanization of the landscape. “The more that we can understand how storm flow changes water quantity and water quality, the better we can design structures or rehabilitate existing infrastructure to help things downstream,” Kelleher says.

Read more about the researchers in the SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows Program.

Green Buildings and Health: From the Lab to the Real World

Dr. Joseph Allen and Dr. Piers MacNaughton of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dr. Usha Satish of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University returned home to the Syracuse Center of Excellence yesterday to discuss the results of their second COGfx study “Buildingomics.” After their initial project revealed a connection between indoor environmental air quality (i.e. low carbon dioxide and volatile organic compound levels) and cognitive function, the researchers wanted to follow-up by looking at work environments as a whole. To do so, they posed the following question: what impact does an entire building have?

Moving from the TIEQ Lab at SyracuseCoE, used in the first study, to real-world office buildings across the United States, the group compared and contrasted variables between high-performing non-certified buildings and high-performing green-certified buildings. Their results revealed that green-certified buildings improve cognitive function in general by 26 percent, but people’s overall health improved by 30 percent, shedding light on the health benefits of enhanced environments. Not only were occupants able to to strategize better, respond faster, appear more focused and manage tasks more efficiently, they were also able to sleep better after they left, showing the long-lasting impact better buildings can have. The difference between the two types of buildings? Controllable thermal comfort and lighting options.

At the presentation John Mandyck said he believes these findings are the missing piece of what he calls the “Green Building Trifecta.” Over the years, green buildings have grown in popularity, but now this study has proven the positive physical and mental impact green buildings can have on tenants, creating an even greater benefit for investing in green-certification. Soon, job candidates may be asking their potential employers at interviews: What are the CO2 levels in the office? What’s the ventilation like in the building I will be working in?

Presenters:

  • Dr. Joseph G. Allen, Assistant Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Dr. Piers MacNaughton, Doctoral Candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Dr. Usha Satish, Professor, Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation

 

Research & Technology Forum Series

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Studies are Igniting a Healthy Building Research Revolution

The Syracuse Center of Excellence was recently featured in the May issue of the American Psychological Association as host of the original COGfx Study. The article — “Healthy buildings, productive people” — provides a summary of a variety of additional studies underway akin to that of “buildingnomics,” the latest report published by Joseph Allen and Piers MacNaughton from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with Usha Satish, a psychologist from SUNY Upstate Medical University.

The Well Living Lab in Minnesota and Hillman Hall at Washington University in Missouri both captured similar results to COGfx: that buildings do, in fact, have an impact on people’s behavior.

For the American Psychological Association, this is “big news.” The above research provides further evidence that the higher the indoor environmental air quality of a building, the better occupants will feel and function. And although we spend most of our time indoors, not a lot of attention has been given to monitoring those spaces. It’s why the research performed in SyracuseCoE’s Willis H. Carrier Total Indoor Environmental Quality (TIEQ) lab is so important.

The piece also highlights the fact that this type of work isn’t restricted to just engineers or architects, but also requires input from health-care practitioners and psychologists. Additionally, it’s equally important to realize that green buildings shouldn’t be reserved for our office spaces alone — the same strategies can also be applied to all buildings, like our homes, retail stores and restaurants.

These strategies include the following:

  • Bigger windows for more natural light

  • Controllable lighting features

  • Reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon dioxide

  • Increased ventilation, lower humidity levels

  • Increased water quality

  • Promotion of physical activity

Going forward,  the Well Living Lab researchers will be exploring “how various lighting conditions affect cognition, productivity and life outside the lab, including sleep.” Their research, combined with the COGfx studies and the research completed at Washington University, will most likely be used to better inform architects on how to design optimal work and living spaces, as cognitive psychologist Anja Jamrozik is quoted saying in the article.

Syracuse University to Host International Building Physics Conference in Fall 2018

Experts on the science and engineering of buildings will convene in Syracuse, NY in September 2018, for the 7th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC). This is the first time this conference is being held in the United States; it is coming to Syracuse based on the region’s strength in research, development and innovations related to indoor environmental quality and high-performance buildings. The conference is jointly organized by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Syracuse University School of Architecture.

The theme of IBPC2018 is “Healthy, Intelligent, and Resilient Buildings and Urban Environments.” It will provide a forum for scientific, technological and design exchanges through multiple platforms:

1) Presentations of original research and development work and findings

2) Demonstrations and exhibitions of innovative green building technologies

3) Discussions of future challenges and opportunities

The IBPC attracts researchers, practitioners, architects, engineers, as well as faculty and students involved in building physics, who share the latest research results with the broader buildings community. The conference takes place every three years as part of the official international conference series of the International Association of Building Physics (IABP). The 7th IBPC builds on the success of the previous six conferences held at cities around the world, including Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2000); Leuven, Belgium (2003); Montreal, Canada (2006); Istanbul, Turkey (2009); Kyoto, Japan (2012); and Torino, Italy (2015).

“IBCP2018 will be the first time this international conference is being held in the United States. It provides an opportunity for more North American delegates to participate in this important international event” says Jensen Zhang, Chairman of IBC2018 and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University. “Syracuse University is honored to lead the program committee as the first American host for this transformative event in building physics. A multi-disciplinary team of faculty members from Syracuse University serves on the Technical Program Committee to lead the organization of the various Topic areas ranging from nano-scale materials to building and city scale energy and environmental systems.”

“Syracuse is the ideal location for IBPC’s inaugural US visit because Central New York’s industry cluster in environmental and energy systems has become an international leader with research strengths in high-performance building systems,” says Ed Bogucz, Executive Director of SyracuseCoE. “SyracuseCoE looks forward to welcoming colleagues from around the world who will share the latest advances in research and innovations for healthy and resilient buildings and urban environments.”

“Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is home to international leaders in research, development and demonstration of technologies that contribute to healthy, intelligent and resilient buildings,” says Teresa A. Dahlberg, Dean of the College. “IBPC2018 will bring together outstanding and accomplished thought leaders in indoor environmental quality and high-performance buildings, providing promising opportunities for future collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

“Architecture is a practice in transition, and Syracuse Architecture is evolving with it,” says Michael Speaks, Dean of Syracuse Architecture. “IBPC2018 will address crucial issues in architectural practice. Our new faculty have a strong focus on the research and design of high performance buildings, and there is tremendous opportunity for impactful international collaborations at this event.”

The conference, to be held September 23-28, 2018 at the Marriott Downtown Syracuse (formerly the Hotel Syracuse), will cover a wide range of research topics cutting across multiple scales of built environmental systems ranging from nano-material applications, to microenvironments around occupants, to rooms and whole buildings, and neighborhood and urban scales. The goal of the conference is to advance the collective understanding of the nature and behavior of the cyber-physical systems in these different scales, how they interact, and what can be done to optimize their design and operation for healthy, intelligent and resilient buildings and urban environments.

IBPC2018 Session Topics include:

  • Building Materials, Assemblies, And Enclosure Systems
  • Green Buildings, Green Roofs and the Urban Environment
  • Intelligent Monitoring and Management Systems
  • Human Factors: Occupant Perception, Behavior, and Impact on Building Performance
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (Air, Thermal, Daylighting, Artificial Lighting, Acoustical, Visual)
  • Environmental Control Equipment and Systems
  • Modeling, Simulation and Design Processes
  • Innovative Energy and Power Generation and Management
  • Policy and Economics
  • Mission Critical Environmental Systems

More information on the conference, including an overview of the program and specific subject examples for each Session Topic, is available at http://ibpc2018.org. Sponsorship opportunities for the conference are available, and inquiries may be directed to tlrosani@syr.edu.

About SyracuseCoE

SyracuseCoE is New York State’s Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems. Led by Syracuse University, SyracuseCoE engages faculty, students and collaborators to catalyze innovations that improve energy efficiency, environmental quality and resilience in healthy buildings and cleaner, greener communities. Visit syracusecoe.syr.edu for more information.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, co-educational, urban university dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through rigorous scholarship and transformative research. SU has a long legacy of excellence in the liberal arts and professional disciplines that prepares students to achieve personal and professional success and make a difference in the world.

‘Precision’ Medicine and Environments: Emerging Opportunities for Individualized Care and Comfort

 
SyracuseCoE and Central New York Biotechnology Accelerator (CNY BAC) partnered in a joint Research and Technology Forum yesterday that explored emerging approaches at the interface of health care and environmental control. The Forum included presentations by Dr. Robert Corona, SUNY Upstate Vice President for Innovation and Business Development, and Mike Wetzel, President and CEO of Air Innovations. The presenters offered insight about how to utilize precision medicine to customize healthcare and to take into account the biological, environmental and behavioral factors that drive disease.

Right from the start, many SyracuseCoE partners have pursued a vision for leveraging one of Central New York’s signature industry clusters to catalyze innovations in technologies for built environments that would improve occupant health and wellness. Synergistically, the Central New York Biotechnology Accelerator (CNY BAC) envisions building on regional strengths to advance innovations in”precision medicine,” which seeks to improve disease treatment and prevention by taking into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.  

Presenters:

Dr. Robert CoronaDr. Robert Corona

DO, MBA, FCAP, FASCP, John B, Henry and Chair of Pathology, Medical Director of Neuropathology/Pathology, Vice President for Innovation and Business Development, Central New York Biotech Accelerator, Upstate Medical University

Making sense of a lifetime of big data that each individual generates will allow us to better predict and prevent disease, personalize our health care, and engage each of us to participate in the management of our care.

Each individual generates billions of bits of information from conception, through fetal development, the birthing process and then throughout life until death. Newer technologies will be capturing new types of personal data that we may use to improve the quality of our lives. We produce physiologic data detected by our wearable sensors, laboratory data, imaging data, vital sign monitoring data, data from our genes and the proteins our body manufactures.

Can we build a learning health system that extracts data patterns from EMRs, gene sequencers, laboratory tests, medical imaging, social media, mobile health and e-health technologies? We will be able to forecast disease, predict outcomes and responses to therapies? The applications for actionable data are endless. This is the future of precision medicine.

Michael WetzelMike Wetzel

President and CEO, Air Innovations

Air Innovations has a long history of engineering environments to meet a wide variety of specific challenges. While many of our applications are for protecting sensitive processes or valuable goods, we are seeing more applications emerging related to human health and wellness. And access to individualized environmental control is just on the horizon.

Moderator:

Ed Bogucz

Executive Director, SyracuseCoE, Associate Professor, Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 
 
 

 

 

Research & Technology Forum Series

SyracuseCoE offers regularly scheduled forums and networking showcasing innovative research, technologies and other opportunities of interest to stakeholders and community members. Past topics have included groundbreaking industry projects to modernize the HVAC systems at the Sistine Chapel, workshops to help state agencies develop funding priorities, and research on the impact of “green” buildings on cognitive function. To receive notice of these events, sign up for email updates at the “Join our mailing list” tab at the bottom right corner of the website. Visit the Research & Technology Forum page to see the archive.

Industry Partners Innovation: Avatar Sustainable Technologies

Processing Biochemicals from Paper Waste

As readership of paper publications has declined, paper production has shifted to serve the growing market in online sales and associated shipping.

“Packaging paper production in the U.S. has been growing at more than double the rate of the rest of the economy,” says Bandaru
Ramarao, professor of paper and bioprocess engineering at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and director of the Empire State Paper Institute.

Ramarao and his business partner, Bhavin Bhayani, are developing technologies to use waste produced during the processing of paper for shipping cartons to create biofuels. Together, they established a startup venture, Avatar Sustainable Technologies.

Most packaging is made from recycled paper. Recycling involves chopping up used paper, mixing it with water and chemicals, then heating it, which breaks it down into strands of cellulose, a type of organic plant material. The process also produces undesirable gritty fiber waste fragments. The fragments slow down paper machines and reduce production.

“The problem,” says Ramarao, “is that they are solid waste and you have to pay to landfill them.” Avatar has developed a process using enzymes to convert these waste fragments into useful byproducts that can be used to make biochemicals, including biofuels and bioplastics, essentially replacing fossil carbon with natural carbon in their processing. A project with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could advance the technology further. NREL has engineered a new, more reactive enzyme that could speed the process at lower cost.

Avatar won a Small Business Vouchers Pilot award from the U.S. Department of Energy to work with NREL to conduct studies using this new enzyme. The investigation is also supported by a competitive award from the SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund. “This could lead to a better and shorter process, saving money and energy,” says Bhayani. Not to mention the boost the company receives collaborating with NREL. “We get exposure at a whole new level within the industry,” he says.

Avatar got its start in 2013 when Bhayani was a doctoral student at SUNY ESF and won $10,000 from SyracuseCoE in an award made through the Raymond von Dran IDEA student competition. The company is located in the SyracuseCoE headquarters building
and uses space within SUNY ESF’s Biofuels Pilot plant. Bhayani says it would be challenging for Avatar to continue without support from SyracuseCoE.

“This is a difficult time because funding in this area has dried up due to changing priorities of the current administration,” he says. “The SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund has helped fill the gap and keeps us moving forward.”