Research and classroom learning opportunities in environmental
engineering at Lafayette College, Easton PA, have received
a tremendous boost from equipment, some from Armfield, purchased
through a $366,354 National Science Foundation grant and $123,131
in college funding.
About half of the funding made possible a new integrated environmental
research laboratory being shared by the civil and environmental
engineering and chemical engineering departments. The rest
purchased civil engineering equipment for work with Geographical
Information System software, soil resistivity testing, fluid
mechanics and hydrology instruction.
"This is a big step forward for the engineering program"
says Dr Roger Ruggles, associate professor and
head of civil and environmental engineering. "Faculty members
will use the equipment to expand their environmental research
programs, most of which are conducted with Lafayette students.
The equipment will also benefit at least 20 courses offered by
seven faculty. About 200 undergraduates are enrolled in these
courses each year, and 12 to 18 will carry the skills learned
in them into independent studies, honors theses, or EXCEL Scholars
projects. Most of these students will continue their research
in graduate programs."
The new equipment includes a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer,
electrolytic respirometer, de-ionizing water system, atomic
absorption flame, total carbon and surface area analyzers,
zeta potentiometer, magnetic susceptibility balance, advanced
hydrology system, laminar flow table, fluid properties and
hydrostatics bench, rainfall hydrograph unit, sedimentation
studies unit, groundwater flow unit, earth resistivity unit,
large format plotter and scanner, and six-unit personal computer
addition to Dr Ruggles, principal investigators for the grant
were civil and environmental engineering
Kney, David Brandes, and Mary Roth, as well as Javad Tavakoli,
associate professor and head of chemical engineering. Faculty
and students from geology, chemistry and the environmental
sciences program also will benefit from these new opportunities
funded by NSF and Lafayette.
The equipment is being incorporated into a massive renovation
and modernization of Lafayette's engineering facilities. Building
upon its national reputation for academic excellence in engineering
education, Lafayette will upgrade its entire 90,000 square-foot
engineering complex by August. The new complex will be named Acopian
Engineering Center in recognition of a major gift from Easton,
Pa., businessman Sarkis Acopian, a 1951 Lafayette graduate, and
his wife, Bobbye. Acopian is the founder of Acopian Technical
Company, Palmer Township, Pa.
Armfield equipment in the new laboratories include: F1-10-B Basic
Hydraulics Bench with accessories such as F1-15 Bernoulli's Theorem
Demonstration, F1-20 Osborne Reynold's Device, F1-22 Energy Loss
in Bends and F1-26-B Serial and Parallel Pumps; a C10 Laminar
Flow Table, F9092 Fluid Properties and Hydrostatic Bench, S10-B
Rainfall Hydrographs, S11 Ground Water Flow Unit, W2-B Sedimentation
Studies Apparatus and S1-B Drainage and Seepage Tank.
equipment will also be used to improve the fluid mechanics
laboratories as well as providing hands on exercises
level elective courses in surface and groundwater hydrology.
The equipment may also be used for undergraduate research
projects in hydraulics and hydrology.