Central Washington University Board of Trustees July 29, 2021 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Academic Research Experience
Board members have expressed a desire to learn more about the academic experience of students and faculty. On July 29, trustees will join Professor Greg Lyman at Hogue Hall to learn how a grant from the National Science Foundation is supporting students and faculty research and invention. Dr. Lyman, who is the 2021-2022 Faculty Senate Chair, is leading CWU’s work in a project that measures the impact of wind on building “appurtenances,” in this case, the solar panel array on top of Hogue. Dr. Lyman is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Electronics Engineering Technology. His specialization in instrumentation requires him to work with sensors and data acquisition systems. The goal of the project is to influence the development of building codes for rooftop structures. CWU has the wind required for the study, as well as solidly attached appurtenances on the roof of Hogue. CWU is the test site for the study. Students and faculty developed programming and manufactured unique apparatus to measure wind load, including new technology for testing air pressure on roofs. Florida International University, a study partner, will build a full-scale version of the test site in their wind tunnel—the size of a hangar, constructed for hurricane research. Trustees will be able to meet and talk with two recent graduates who worked on the program, Emily Raney and Cameron Gordon. Dr. Lyman recommends dark sunglasses and flat shoes for the visit to the roof of Hogue, which is treated with a white membrane that powerfully reflects the sun’s rays.
Approved for Submittal to the Board:
Linda Schactler, Chief of Staff Secretary to the Board
Jim Wohlpart, President
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