This Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award supports the development of a mechatronic framework for magnetic suspension technology, which has the potential to significantly impact both manufacturing and transportation systems by providing an actuation principle with several attractive advantages: frictionless interaction of moving parts, high precision positioning at high speeds, high resolution and repeatability, and dust-free operation.
The Hanna Shoal Ecosystem Project was designed to expand the COMIDA-CAB Project to describe the ecosystem processes that contribute to the apparent high biological importance of the Hanna Shoal region. Hanna Shoal has been identified as an area of significant biological importance.
The goal of this project is to develop a working Solar Powered Hybrid Lighting system. This unique system solves the issue of energy usage because all the energy used is derived directly from the Sun, making the system energy-neutral. This system will be cost-effective and retail for the same as traditional lighting systems. It utilizes natural daylight without the additional thermal load of windows and skylights, allowing businesses to save both lighting and heating/cooling costs.
Maxik Labs is currently developing next generation solar powered smart LED street lighting luminaire. This lighting fixture product will provide high lighting efficiency, minimal material usage with sustainable design and bi-level dimming function with smart control. Since this product will be outdoor lighting application, the design not only needs to meet lighting output requirement but also mechanical structure requirement based on installation and safety standards. Department of MAE at Florida Tech will focus on thermal and structural analysis of the assembly.
This project applies an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum development to create courses, lecture modules and laboratory experiments related to hydrogen and fuel cells. Project assessment will determine the effectiveness of the laboratory curriculum. Classes improved by this project will provide public and private sectors with skilled employees and researchers in hydrogen technology. The hydrogen-based curriculum will further the student understanding of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and offer undergraduate and graduate students a career path into renewable energy.