Better Living…Through SOLAR

For more than two years, a group of Washington State University students in architecture, construction management, interior design, and engineering designed and built a solar house, including all of its systems, from the ground up. In September 2005, they transported the house to Washington, D.C., to take part in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall. WSU was one of only 18 schools from around the world—and the only school from the Northwest—to participate. Sponsored by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab, the competition required students to plan and build a 650-square-foot home and provide it with all the modern conveniences, including … » More …

New technologies pay off – Faculty receive grants from Washington Technology Center

New technologies pay off – Faculty receive grants from Washington Technology Center

The Washington Technology Center recently awarded grants to eight Washington research groups teamed with local companies to commercialize new technologies. Four of these grants went to Washington State University faculty.

The 2006 RTD awards winners from WSU are: Diter von Wettstein, Crop & Soil Sciences; Jinwen Zhang, Wood Materials & Engineering; Carter Clary,

Biological Systems Engineering; Vikram Yadama, Karl Englund, and Robert Tichy, Wood Materials and Engineering.

Through support from WTC, these collaborative partners are working to revolutionize everything from … » More …

WMEL Safety Award Recipient

Sudip Chowdhury, Graduate Research Assistant in Civil and Environmental Engineering, received WMEL’s annual Safety Award for his outstanding contributions to lab safety and security in 2005. Thank you, Sudip!

A mediating force – WSU professor featured in PBS disaster impact show

A mediating force – WSU professor featured in PBS disaster impact show

By Tina Hilding
College of Engineering and Architecture

Dan Dolan, a Washington State University professor of civil and environmental engineering, is featured in a Public Broadcasting Service one-hour documentary entitled “Disaster-Resistant Housing’’ that has begun airing on television stations in the U.S.

The PBS program, which covers natural disasters including hurricanes, tornados, floods, fires and earthquakes, has drawn interest in the wake of this year’s record-

breaking hurricane season and the resulting impact in the Southeast.

An expert on … » More …

Dr. Marie G. Laborie, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, was keynote speaker for the COST

Dr. Marie G. Laborie, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, was keynote speaker for the COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) Action E35: “Fracture mechanics and micromechanics of wood and wood composites with regard to wood machining”. Her talk was entitled: “Cooperativity of segmental relaxation: application to wood and wood-based composites” . The meeting took place in Rosenheim Germany, Sept 29-30, 2005.

PBS returns to wood lab – Wood lab simulates natural disaster on 32-foot-long wall

PBS returns to wood lab – Wood lab simulates natural disaster on 32-foot-long wall

Wood lab simulates natural disaster on 32-foot-long wall
By Lindsey Van De Vanter
WSU Today intern

Dan Dolan, a WSU professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Scott Lewis, research associate at the Wood Materials and Engineering Lab, are working with other wood lab associates to construct a 32-foot-long wall, which will be knocked down at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 during a test simulating natural disasters’ effects on buildings.

A filmmaking crew … » More …

It’s PBS for WSU Documentary filmmakers visit wood materials lab

It’s PBS for WSU – Documentary filmmakers visit WSU wood materials lab

Documentary filmmakers are visiting WSU’s Wood Materials and Engineering Lab today as part of a film project titled “Disaster Resistant Homes.”

Dr. Dan Dolan, a WSU professor of civil and environmental engineering and an expert in low-rise building design, is the star of WSU’s portion of the film. For the film, Dolan will simulate how homes respond to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes by conducting an experiment on a building wall.

In the experiment, he will introduce different … » More …

A force to be reckoned with: Wind, quake studies sway building codes worldwide

Wind, quake studies sway building codes worldwide
By Evan Epstein
WSU Today intern

While the 2004 hurricane season has put Florida’s buildings and building codes to the test, on the other side of the country a WSU professor is trying to understand how destruction like that wrought in Florida can be curbed.

Hurricane Charley flattened more than 12,000 homes in Florida, according to the Associated Press. The damage from Hurricane Jeanne alone has been estimated as high as $9 billion. The four Florida storms have so far produced 2 … » More …