Published on Thursday May 7, 2009
The senior design team of Eric Eisele, Courtney Reid, Dan Pugh, Sarah Byrnes, and Charlie Woods was awarded a Phase II People, Prosperity, and Planet Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Competing against 43 university teams, the Drexel University Department of Materials Science and Engineering team received one of six Phase II awards on Monday, April 20, 2009 in Washington, D.C. at the National Sustainable Design Expo.
The award-winning senior design project, "Cool Roof Coatings Utilizing Glass Hollow Microspheres for Improved Solar Reflectance," increases the reflectance of cool roof coatings while cutting raw material costs. Cool roof coatings save energy and mitigate the urban heat island effect.
Previously, the team received a Phase I award in the amount of $10,000. The Phase II awards provide $75,000 of funding for two years and will be used to develop the coating further and field test the technology by reaching out to the neighborhoods surrounding Drexel. The team will work in conjunction with the Drexel Smart House initiative.
Professor Michel Barsoum, A. W. Grosvenor Professor, along with Dr. James Hagarman of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, advises the team. Industry partners include Chris Smith from Potter's Beads and Matthew Lendzinski from Rohm and Haas.