The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) has named the winners of the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) student research awards. In its second year, AMO sponsors the awards competition to honor exceptional students participating in the IAC program, which provides students at 24 university-based IACs with hands-on training and real-world experience in energy engineering and management. Each winning IAC will receive up to $25,000 in additional IAC program funds.

The research awards are designed to create incentives for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue assessment-inspired research projects in the areas of manufacturing and industrial energy efficiency. They are intended to enhance traditional student-led research efforts and to formally recognize those research proposals that stand out as being exceptional and particularly innovative.

Syracuse University IAC students Jillian C. Burgoyne, Timothy D. Castelein and Enrica Galasso, with advisor Dr. Suresh Santanam, received an award for their project, "Efficiently Reducing Thermal Stratification at Small and Medium-Scale Industrial Facilities.” The research seeks to develop a better understanding of the effects of thermal stratification and determine the optimal de-stratification strategy, based on fan orientation, number of fans, setup and runtime. The research seeks to enhance methodology to reduce thermal stratification, increase associated energy savings and improve the accuracy of the existing assessment recommendations.

 University of Michigan IAC students Dan Brognakke, Yuhao Pan, and Eugene Wang, with advisor Dr. Arvind Atreya, were recognized for their project, "Radiation Enhancement in Melting and Heat-Treating Furnaces to Increase Productivity and Reduce Pollutants." The proposed research aims to develop methods of creating high luminosity combustion in melting and heating furnaces by additives mixed with oxidant or natural gas, reducing gas temperature and pollutant formation and increasing efficiency.