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Senior engineering project nets $5,000 grant

Lamar University mechanical engineering seniors will get hands-on experience in the career fields of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) thanks to a $5,000 grant from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

The society has selected the LU senior project entitled “A Laboratory System for Evaluating Cooling Systems in Consumer Electronic Devices,” for funding. Students in the project are led by faculty mentor Professor Kendrick Aung, who holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.

Senior mechanical engineering students will participate in the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters as part of the Senior Capstone course Integrated Systems Design during the fall and as part of the Senior Design Project in the spring.

The project goal is to evaluate and optimize the thermal management and cooling solutions used in consumer devices such as tablets, e-readers, laptop and desktop computers. The grant helps to purchase the necessary equipment and supplies.

ASHRAE is a global society with more than 50,000 members that promotes research and technology with focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. The ASHRAE Senior Undergraduate Project Grant Program provides funding to encourage learning and experience with the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries.