April 3, 2017
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WTAMU Student Participates in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
CANYON, Texas—Dustin Roberson, an engineering major at West Texas A&M University, was one of more than 70 undergraduate students from across Texas who participated in the Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol March 28 in Austin.
The event, coordinated by the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas and the Texas Association of Community Colleges, was designed to promote Texas undergraduate research projects. Participating students are given the opportunity to show off their work, tour the Capitol and see legislators in action. Up to 75 research projects were on display and represented more than 50 academic and health-related institutions from across the state. West Texas A&M University and each of its 10 sister schools in The Texas A&M University System were represented.
Roberson’s research project, featured in a poster format, was titled “Assessing the Feasibility of a SODAR Based Wind Turbine Certification System.” The project explored the development of an alternate method of certification of wind turbines. Current testing methods are based on the use of measurement towers linked to cup anemometry, a method Roberson said was neither cost effective nor safe. His project utilized SODAR technology powered from a hybrid power source of batteries and solar panels. Data was collected through a cellular network and used to chart a power curve of wind speed and directions and compared to data from anemometry. Roberson’s results revealed similarities with some inconsistencies that will require additional testing. Faculty adviser for the project is Dr. Oliver Mulamba, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.