CAMP December Newsletter: Page 5
CAMP Youth Outreach Activities and Results
The seven fall 2008 entering Clarkson freshmen, who were individually mentored by several CAMP faculty members during the summer 2008 CAMP Pre-frosh Research Experience, have successfully completed their first academic semester and have expressed to the program coordinator their appreciation for the intellectual and personal help the summer experience afforded. CAMP Professor Richard Partch will coordinate the program again in 2009. Partch continues to represent CAMP in high school science classes and at pre-college Science Fairs. Also while traveling for other business throughout the United States, Partch gives presentations about various technical achievements of the CAMP faculty.
His nominee Michele Flores, a science teacher at Canton Central School in Canton, New York, won the 2008 St. Lawrence County Outstanding Educator Award. Such interaction with pre-college science teachers enhances CAMP's visibility and attracts better students to Clarkson.
Professor John McLaughlin, Dr. Xinli Jia, and Dean of Engineering, Professor Goodarz Ahmadi, in collaboration with Mr. John Dunn of Cameron Manufacturing & Design, are working on the development of grid electrostatic precipitators (GEP) for removal of particulates from air. Two main areas of applications are indoor air quality for industrial, business, and residential buildings and removal of particulates from diesel exhaust. The GEP is based on a novel design that permits one to obtain much higher levels of particle removal than can be attained with conventional electrostatic precipitators. Current work involves tests to optimize the performance of an experimental version of the GEP. Computational modeling of the flow inside the GEP, including the coronal wind and Lagrangian particle tracking, will also be performed to provide a basis for designing new versions of the GEP that target specific applications. Clean rooms are one such application where the GEP could greatly reduce the energy requirements for air purification. This work is being supported by a grant from Cameron Manufacturing & Design, Horseheads, New York.