GRADUATE STUDENT POSITION for AIR FILTRATION LABORATORY

BACKGROUND ON POSITION:
The Energy Resources Center (ERC) and the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (M&IE) Department have recently secured funding from the National Center for Energy Management and Building Technologies (NCEMBT) to design, construct, and instrument a filtration test loop apparatus at UIC.

Filtration technology can be divided into two basic contaminant removal categories: particulate, which are the widely applied conventional mechanical arrestance media based filters; and gas phase, which are typically sorbent based filters presently applied on a limited basis. The filtration test loop apparatus at UIC will be fully instrumented in compliance with ASHRAE Standard 52.2 Method of Testing General Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal by Particle Size released in 1999, and fully compatible for instrumentation per the pending release of ASHRAE Standard 145.2P Method of Testing Gaseous Contaminant Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency. The design phase of this project is underway and construction of the test loop in the Science and Engineering Laboratory (SEL) began in 2005.

A graduate student(s) is needed by the ERC staff to assist with:
- setup of equipment in the laboratory space;
- integration of PC based data acquisition (Labview) system with test loop instrumentation; and
- shakedown testing of instrumented test loop.

It is desirable that the graduate student plan to continue working with the test loop as a graduate assistant performing air filtration research in the following semesters to be published as a thesis and peer reviewed technical papers/articles.

REQUIRED SKILLSET:
Reliable
Punctual
Good communication skills
Able to perform hands-on tasks
Considerable computer skills
Considerable experience with tools
Experience with data acquisition
Desire for thesis work

DESIRABLE SKILLSET:
Experience with CAD and/or solid modeling software
Labview programming experience
Experience with scientific methodology and laboratory procedures

TENTATIVE START DATE: 1/30/06 (through TBD)