Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Biowall Horticulturalist"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Horiculture
Project Description:
Purdue is testing a device called the Biowall that is a living wall of plants integrated with the HVAC system of a buildiong to improve indoor air quality and potentially reduce energy consumption. The Biowall is being evaluated as part of a student competition sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency called the EPA P3.
Expected Student Contributions:
The Horticulturalist will help design, maintain, and evaluate the Biowall. The horticulturalist will also travel with the Purdue team to the EPA P3 competition in Washington, DC in the Spring of 2014.
Related Website(s):
http://www.epa.gov/P3/ http://www.tech.purdue.edu/MET/About-Us/Laboratories/Applied-Energy-Laboratory/
Desired Qualifications:
GPA > 3.0, junior standing or higher, graduation May 2014 or later, coursework in horticulure, biologogy, plant pathology, and related fields
Estimated Weekly Hours:
9
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Hutzel, William
Deptartment/College:
mechanical engineering technology

Student Supervisor

Name:
Dan Newkirk
Title:
graduate student

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Mike Dana
Deptartment/College:
Horticulture/Agriculture