The Syracuse Center of Excellence Creates Labs for Sustainability Research

CoEbldgThere is a rich resource for sustainability research just a few minutes from the main SU campus along the Connective Corridor bus route. The iconic Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) building houses lab spaces for experimentation on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and air and water flow dynamics. Three new labs are under construction for the study of thermal systems, combustion dynamics, and biofuels.

Just about every aspect of the SyracuseCoE building lends itself to study, research and experimentation. A green roof offers opportunities to measure the efficacy of vegetative cover for water capture and temperature regulation; office space is designed for controlling various aspects of the indoor environment for daylight, temperature, and air quality; a south facing wall in the lab wing has a test panel that is available for pilot projects about solar energy collection.

flowvisualizationThe Flow Visualization Lab occupies one portion of the lab wing. Melissa Green, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering,  uses the facility for her Green Fluid Dynamics Lab, which studies “biologically-inspired fluid problems, such as fish propelling themselves through water or the pulsed pumping of blood flow.”

The SyracuseCoE invites students, faculty, and staff to tour the facility and link its resources to classroom teaching and campus learning.