Alter, BCM receive Department of Energy grant
The Department of Building Construction Management will be
one of three partners in a Department of Energy grant that will ensure proper
utilization of weatherization stimulus funding in Indiana.
Kirk Alter, associate professor of building construction management,
will be the principal investigator for the $1.6 million IHCDA Home Energy
Conservation Program: Technical Monitoring Services grant. IHCDA stands for Indiana
Housing and Community Development Authority. Purdue’s portion of the grant is $634,287.
Under this grant, 10 percent of at least 10,000 Indiana residences
receiving weatherization services across the state will be randomly selected to
receive scrutiny. Data collection and analysis will be performed under Alter’s
scope of work, as well as forensic analysis intended to ferret out fraudulent
contracting and reporting.
The grant will also allow undergraduate students to assist
Alter with the field inspections.
Graduate students will help assemble and analyze the data.
The other two team members are Mezzetta Construction Services and
Scott, Hilliard, Kosene (SHK), both of Indianapolis. The team will serve in an
inspector general role for IHCDA in ensuring that energy audits are performed
correctly, that the weatherization construction measures are implemented
correctly, and that the program is executed with efficiency and effectiveness.
Purdue will be performing all of the technical and analytical components of the
grant, Mezzetta will be acting as construction manager, and SHK will be
performing file management and homeowner and sub-grantee interface services.
The program to be inspected is the IHCDA Low Income
Weatherization Assistance Program providing weatherization services to Indiana
families whose incomes are less than 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The funds are available
through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Energy savings per household are
expected to be 15-30 percent.
Joseph Fuehne named Maha Associate Professor
Joseph Fuehne, PhD, an associate professor of mechanical engineering technology at Purdue’s College of Technology at Columbus, has been appointed Maha Associate Professor. The five-year appointment provides support for the advancement of fluid power education within the College of Technology. The professorship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in teaching, research, or service that has had or will have a major impact on the fluid power community. It is named for Otto H. Maha, who bequeathed a gift to Purdue for teaching fluid power technology.
In announcing Fuehne’s appointment, Dean Dennis Depew wrote, “Fuehne has played a key role in developing the Columbus location’s bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering technology and the College of Technology’s developing field of mechatronics.”
He joined the faculty at the Columbus location as a visiting assistant professor in January of 2002.
CoT approved to offer three department-level master's degrees
Three academic departments in the College of Technology are
now authorized to offer master of science degrees at the department level.
ABET accredits two more CoT programs
The College of Technology BS degrees in Industrial
Technology and Aeronautical Engineering Technology offered on the West
Lafayette campus have both received accreditation by the Technology Accreditation
Commission of ABET. The accreditation is retroactive to October 1, 2007. It is
the first time either of the programs has received ABET accreditation.
Cyber forensics research presented in India, South Korea
A graduate student and professor in the Department of Computer and
Information Technology are taking their cyber forensics research to
Sponsored research update
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