Category: Students

Mehendale and Warty Co-author Paper on Energy Modeling

High Performance Buildings

Sunil Mehendale (MMET) co-authored, with graduate student in ME-EM Amarnath Warty, the peer-reviewed paper “Energy Modeling and Energy Efficiency Opportunities for a Public Library Building in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.” 

The paper has been accepted for publication and presentation at the 2021 Purdue High Performance Buildings conference.

Brief description of research: The present research has a twofold aim: (1) to model the natural gas consumption and the total electricity consumption of a 12600 sq. ft. public library building in Houghton, MI, and (2) to identify any opportunities to improve energy efficiency. This was accomplished by first developing and validating an eQUEST model for the library building in conjunction with a linear regression model correlating the natural gas consumption (during winter) with heating degree days and the electricity consumption (during summer) as a function of cooling degree days. The said library building, which is serviced by two rooftop furnaces, each with a DX coil, and a hot-water loop using two boilers, has been facing HVAC issues for a few years now, the most common complaint being that it gets too hot in the winter despite the thermostat being set to provide comfortable temperatures. Preliminary results suggest that the principal factors affecting the building energy consumption are the HVAC loads, lighting, and occupancy and that the natural gas consumption of the building could be lowered by up to 20% using the furnace units alone (i.e., by dispensing with the boilers), while still meeting the building’s heating requirements.


2018 and 2019 Program Scholar Awards

2018 Program Scholars
2018 Program Scholars

The 2018 and 2019 Program Scholar Awards were given to the following students:

  • Surveying Engineering: Kyle Hiltunen and Steven Smendzuik
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology: Frances Luo and Alyssa DePauw; Isai Jonatan Hudy-Velasco
  • Construction Management: Brandon Taavola and John Batsikouras
  • Computer Network and System Administration: Michael Dabish and Dina Falzarano
  • Electrical Engineering Technology: Thomas Prica and Spencer Thompson

Thomas Prica (EET) was also selected from the above program scholars as the nominee for the University’s 2018 Departmental Scholar Award and Isai Jonatan Hudy-Velasco (MET) was nominated for the University’s 2019 Departmental Scholar Award.


Epsilon Pi Tau Induction Spring 2019

Epsilon Pi Tau Spring 2019 Initiates
Epsilon Pi Tau Spring 2019 Initiates

Nine students were inducted into the Michigan Tech Delta Zeta Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society, Spring 2019. Epsilon Pi Tau is the international honor society for professions in technology, recognizing students and technology professionals for academic excellence. The student chapter of Delta Zeta Epsilon Pi Tau was recently selected as the recipient of the 2019 Warner Chapter Award for Region 3.

Spring 2019 Delta Zeta—Epsilon Pi Tau MET Initiates

  • Anna Connelly
  • Isai J. Hudy-Velasco
  • Timothy Ingram
  • Justin Mondeik
  • Taren Odette