ICAT sponsors research on Drillfield Paths

>July 12, 2016

Research team formed to invent new material for use on Drillfield Paths

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Research team formed to invent new material for use on Drillfield PathsResearch team formed to invent new material for use on Drillfield Paths

A team of Virginia Tech faculty members have been challenged with inventing a new pathway material that can be used on the university’s iconic Drillfield.

The research team has received $75,000 in funding from the Division of Administrative Services; the Office of the Vice President for Research; the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science; and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology to identify, test, and evaluate all-weather and Americans with Disability Act-compliant solutions to enhance the green-space aesthetic and multi-use purpose of the Drillfield.

The team includes faculty members from the Center for Energy and Harvesting Materials and Systems in the College of Engineering and the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

They are:

Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems

·      Muhammad Hajj, professor/associate dean of the graduate school

·      Shashank Priya, professor of mechanical engineering

·      Linbing Wang, professor of civil and environmental engineering

·      Lei Zuo, associate professor of mechanical engineering

School of Architecture + Design

·      Aki Ishida, assistant professor of architecture

·      Brook Kennedy, associate professor of industrial design

·      Margarita McGrath, associate professor of architecture

Their research, along with the feedback collected from students, employees, and community members during the 2015-16 academic year will be used by a university Drillfeld Paths Committee to develop a recommendation for a permanent solution.

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