North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program faculty, students and alumni with Water Bros Desal at the conference

It was good to be back to in-person conferences this September for UMERC/METS/OREC out in Portland. There were a lot of great presentations and it was nice to hear all of the exciting research updates. In particular, it was great to catch up with my former student Casey and hear about all the exciting things he’s doing at NREL.

Catching up with Casey Nichols
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Waves to Water DRINK Stage Finale Pictures

The Waves to Water Communications team has posted a Flickr galley of the DRINK stage finale. There are some great pictures in there, like this one of Landon and me talking device recovery with the NREL team.

April 4, 2022 – (Photo by Werner Slocum / NREL)

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Another student/alumni gathering…another lack of pictures

It was good to have some students and alums over for food and games at the end of the summer and catch up before the semester started. Unfortunately, I think everyone was again having too much fun and forgot to capture any pictures. As is tradition, there were a good number of games of Pairs before we shifted to more treacherous games. Alliances were made. Betrayals occurred. I had my perfect scheme thwarted by a 6th grader. Good times.

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Team Sunergy Takes Second Place

It was another strong showing from Appstates Team Sunergy as they took 2nd place in the American Solar Challenge.

I’m glad that we were able to take care of some material testing to help them certify their roll cage design.

Roll Cage Material Tensile Test
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ASU is racing again this summer

Glad to help out team Sunergy again this year with their roll cage testing.  You can track their progress in the Formula Sun Grand Prix as they look to qualify for the American Solar Challenge.


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End of the Spring Semester

The middle of May brought the end of the Spring 22 semester, and with it graduation.  Alex, Mallory, and Matt all graduated with their undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

The weekend before graduation, I was happy to be able to host several of the graduates and alums at the house for food and games.  Like most good gatherings, I was too busy to capture many pictures…but here is the aftermath of several high stakes rounds of Pairs and Skulls.

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Hank Wolfe named Park Scholar Finalist

Congratulations to Hank Wolfe (WaterBros Desal’s high school summer 2022 intern) for being named a finalist for a Park Scholarship at NC State.

Park Scholarships Names Class of 2026 Finalists

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