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Oct 29 2014

NYIT Medical Students Deliver Hands-On Care at Health Screening Events

Oct 22 2014

Turkish Art Exhibit Opens at NYIT Gallery 61

Oct 10 2014

TEDx Explores Harmonic Tectonics

Oct 03 2014

NYIT Students Surpass the $1 Million Mark in Combined Earnings from Internships

Sep 24 2014

TEDxNYIT: Creating Harmony in a World Experiencing Tectonic Shifts

Nov 03 2014

Online Workshop for Faculty on Classroom Management

Oct 30 2014

STEAM Job & Internship Fair

Oct 30 2014

Research Boot Camp: FastTrack Database Searching for Management Students

Oct 31 2014

Mini-Retreats for Scholarly Writing

Nov 03 2014

Energy Minor Information Session

Green Projects

Department of Mechanical Engineering: Solar Carport

Summary: NYIT is planning to develop a new energy resource to address carbon emissions and petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. When viewed through an alternate perspective, parking lots, while static areas, are often large, unshaded tracts of land, perfect for solar power generation. And when this source is coupled with plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), emissions reductions of 60 to 70% and fuel consumption reductions of 60% can be realized.

In addition, while linked to the electric grid, this tandem pair can become a demand resource for the utility in a strategy called Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G). In conjunction with providing real-world data to verify driving habits on Long Island and calibrating software simulation models, NYIT will develop a scalable PV platform that can be easily extrapolated to lots of any size. In addition, we will analyze the economic merit of the vehicle-to-grid strategy and propose methods to improve the viability of this approach. The major goal is to translate these per vehicle benefits of emissions and consumption reductions to fleet level benefits.
Project Manager: Daniel Rapka
Subcontractor: Empower, Island Park, NY

 

Department of Facilities: Green Campus

Summary: NYIT has been working to change its carbon footprint. Projects included here relate to changes in lighting, waste generation and recycling and include re-lamping of campus classrooms and offices with energy-efficient fixtures, installation of occupancy sensors for classrooms and offices, installation of water-saving urinal water meters, no-touch water fixtures, replacement of inefficient window units, and implementation of a campus-wide paper recycling program.
Project Manager: William Marchand

 

Department of Facilities: Bio-Diesel Conversion Project

Summary: NYIT will convert the waste oil stream from campus food services into bio-diesel for use in campus vehicles and to supplement boiler heating fuel. This project is supplemented by gas chromatography, testing, and process automation in partnership with Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, using American Society for Testing and Materials method number ASTM D6751 for biodiesel blends. Projects using biodiesel-producing microalgae and Jatropha plants are also underway. Lastly, ethanol yield augmentation from ligno-cellulosic feedstock is also under study.
Project Manager: Daniel Rapka

 

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences: Sustainability Programs

Summary: NYIT will host on-campus energy conferences, create community outreach programs, and develop the new Center for Metropolitan Sustainability, of which Dr. Zeman is the Director. As part of its 2030 strategic plan, NYIT unveiled its first interdisciplinary graduate center, the Center for Metropolitan Sustainability, in 2007. The center includes faculty and staff members from NYIT’s schools of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Architecture and Design, and Management, as well as its College of Arts and Sciences. Besides offering a graduate certificate and master’s degree program in sustainability, the center coordinates renewable energy efforts on behalf of, and among, NYIT campuses around the world. The center’s programs are truly interdisciplinary in nature and address a wide range of issues relating to sustainability. Other activities include hosting conferences on energy and sustainability, working with other groups at NYIT to develop a "green campus," and preparing grant proposals to sponsor agencies in support of center activities.
Project Manager: Frank Zeman, EngScD

 

Center for Metropolitan Sustainability: Available Solar Radiation in a Dense Urban Environment

Summary: Under this project, National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellow Mr. Prashant Tank, a graduate student in the Department of Environmental Technology of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, will measure the amount of solar radiation incident upon one of the buildings comprising NYIT's Manhattan campus. These measurements will be used to establish a vertical temperature profile for the structure, and to correlate solar radiation with building energy consumption determined via analysis of electricity and fuel consumption patterns. The data will be incorporated into a Green Energy Design Plan for the campus, with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint. A major objective is to obtain real-time data that include the effects of air pollution and other buildings as opposed to using regional averages.
Project Managers: Frank Zeman, EngScD; Stanley M. Greenwald, PE

 

School of Architecture and Design: Solar Decathlon

Summary: NYIT’s interdisciplinary team captured fifth-place honors in the 2005 international Solar Decathlon competition with its innovative "Solar-Hydrogen Home," also known as the "Green Machine/Blue Space." Subsequently, NYIT was the only school from the New York metropolitan area selected to participate in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, in which its entry, entitled "Open House," placed twelfth. This international competition challenges students to design, build, and operate the most energy-efficient solar-powered home. NYIT’s 2005 and 2007 entries were deemed particularly innovative in their inclusion of a hydrogen fuel cell for energy storage (2005), and of a "smart" feature that provided real-time data on energy use (2007).
Project Managers: Dean Judith DiMaio, Associate Dean Frank Mruk, Professors Thomas Rochon and Michele Bertomen

 

Department of Mechanical Engineering: Energy Conservation/Greenhouse Gas Emission for New Rochelle, NY

Summary: NYIT is developing a baseline assessment of the municipal buildings in the City of New Rochelle. Such assessment includes creating an energy consumption data base and then using that to develop greenhouse gas emissions data. Working closely with the mayor of the city as well as its sustainability coordinator, this will permit the city to develop a strategy to institute programs to reduce its GHG levels. Experiments using biomass or zeolites for carbon dioxide capture are also underway in partnership with Manhattan College and Columbia University.
Project Manager: Herbert Fox, Ph.D.


Department of Mechanical Engineering: Simulation of Hybrid Buses

Summary: The overarching purpose of this project is to assess hybrid buses to see how they may perform under a variety of operating conditions and duty cycles. Bus technologies are evaluated under various duty cycles in order that adequate prediction of performance can be obtained. Clearly, the most cost-effective way of doing so, short of purchasing vehicles, is through simulation. However, there is a concomitant need to validate any simulation software so that reasonable recommendations can be made. The simulation software that we employ is PSAT (Powertrain System Analysis Toolkit), developed by the United States Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory. PSAT is validated code for automobiles and compares well with tested cars. It has not gone through the same rigorous analysis and testing with heavy-duty transit buses. The goal of this research is to carry out a PSAT validation in an urban environment looking at heavy-duty transit buses.
Project Manager: Herbert Fox, Ph.D.