School of Engineering and Computer Science News

Mechanical Engineering Student Paper Selected for ASME International Congress & Symposium

Sept. 4, 2009

What started as a conversation between two engineering students two years ago grew into a graduate research project resulting in a paper being selected for inclusion in the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE2009). Jason Gregg's paper, "Experimental Analysis of a Counter-Rotating Wind Turbine" will be considered in the Young Engineers Paper (YEP) Contest special section of the IMECE2009, in November 2009, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Monetary prizes will be awarded to first- through third-place papers.

"I am very proud of the work that Jason has done at Baylor studying wind turbine technology and his being selected as one of five finalist for this Young Engineer Paper Contest sponsored ASME Fluids Engineering Division. Jason's paper has been through a rigorous peer review process and his selection shows the quality of his work and that Baylor University's students can compete on an international basis," said Dr. Ken Van Treuren, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development.

The International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, ASME's largest conference, combines a technical program and exhibit of products, services, and technical publications used to aid the engineer in design, analysis, test monitoring and related tasks. The conference will bring together engineers and scientists from around the world to discuss and demonstrate advanced technologies in diverse fields ranging from manufacturing and thermodynamics to biomedical systems and micro devices.

Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the engineering and technology community.

Greg's project focuses on the development of a counter-rotating wind turbine design that will operate more efficiently over a wider range of wind speeds. This design would allow the generation of more electrical power over broader operating conditions, especially lower wind velocities.

Jason Gregg is a mechanical engineering graduate student from Kyle, Texas. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degree from Baylor and has worked on counter-rotating wind turbine research since his days as an undergraduate. He previously was co-author for this research topic at the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Gulf-Southwestern Annual Conference, where his and co-author, Shane Merchant's paper won first place in the undergraduate student paper section. Mr. Merchant presented the paper at the conference.