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School of Architecture and Engineering Technology
1938 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Walter L. Smith Architecture Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-4200
Associate Professor Elizabeth Lewis, AIA, LEED had a book proposal “Sustainaspeak: a Guide to Sustainable Design Terms” accepted by Routledge Press of Taylor Francis.  The book, to be published in 2017, will cover the terms needed to understand and implement the sustainable design strategies needed for an environmentally friendly, healthy, and resource efficient built environment. Fall 2016

Assistant Professor Mahsan Mohsenin, Ph.D. had an abstract “Daylight Prediction in Different Floors of a Building Using Well Index” accepted by “The Constructed Environment Journal”. The paper focused on assessing daylight performance across different floors based on the building’s proportion. Fall 2016

Professor Arleen Pabón, Ph.D. has recently completed "San Juan de Puerto Rico: Five Hundred Years of Architectural and Urban Experimentation".  Scheduled to be published in 2017, the book will be printed by London Routledge.  Fall 2016

External Funding Proposals
Associate Professor Michael Alfano, AIA is developing a “Holocaust Memorial Design Competition” professional services contract for the Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC).  The grant would fund SA ET graduate students that assist in the early planning of a design competition.  The memorial will be part of the Florida State Capital Complex and remember the victims of the Holocaust.

Associate Professor Yves Anglade, Research Associate Robert Goodwin and Research Associate Sang Park, Ph.D. are working with the FAMU Office of Sponsored Research to develop a “Makerspace Innovation” grant submission to the Office of Naval Research. The grant would secure additional resources for the Fabrication Lab in the Walter Smith building and the Electronics Lab in Benjamin Banneker.  The SA ET Labs will be part of a network of FAMU Innovation Labs.

Assistant Professor Mahsan Mohsenin, Ph.D. (PI), Research Associate Robert Goodwin, Adjunct Faculty Rhonda Hammond and Research Associate Sang Park, Ph.D. have initiated the SA ET the FAMU Campus “Building Energy Modeling” project.   The project involves 1) assessing the thermal zones, HVAC systems, thermal properties of building materials, and energy use records of the past 3 years, 2) building a Revit model of the FAMU campus buildings, and 3) analyzing the energy performance of the campus buildings.  The demonstration project will lead to a proposal to the FAMU Sustainability Institute and the FAMU Facilities Planning Office.
Associate Professor Eduardo Robles, AIA and Assistant Professor Olivier Chamel, LEED, NCARB submitted a study abroad proposal called “Art and Architecture Appreciation” to the FAMU Office of International Education.  The two 6 credit courses scheduled for the Summer A session from May 5 to June 9, will include stays in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona.  The activity generates funds for the University through the Office of Continuing Education and address the University’s Strategic Plan.

Associate Professor Yves Anglade, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor Ronald Lumpkin, Ph.D. hosted a meeting with Michael Staley. PE. PMP the Dean of the School of Engineering, Design & Construction at Seminole State College (SSC).  They focused on developing an articulation agreement between SSC and the FAMU SA ET’s architecture, construction and electronics programs.  The discussion proposed having SSC students take FAMU SA ET course online and a follow up meeting in November. The goal is to have SSC students in the FAMU SA ET programs in Fall 2017.

Associate Professor Chao Li, Ph.D. and Associate Professor David White, Ph.D. are leading a partnership between the SA ET Division of Engineering Technology, the FAMU College of Education and James Rickards High School.  The team will host a Vex Robotics competition for more than 20 teams from the North Florida region in the Gaither Gym in January 2017.  The goal is to increase local awareness of electronic engineering technology as an undergraduate degree option.

Assistant Professor Ronald Lumpkin, Ph.D. will serve as an advisor for the North West Florida State College (NWFSC) Career & Technical Education Departments.  As the SA ET representative, Dr. Lumpkin will help build connections between the SA ET architecture, construction and electronics programs and NWFSC programs.

Conference Presentations
Assistant Professor Olivier Chamel, LEED, NCARB presented “Drawing the Path; A Phenomenological Approach” at the “2016 Design Communication Association (DCA) Conference” in Bozeman, Montana.  The paper focused on “Engaging students with a design methodology which focuses on the perception of a spatial sequence and relies on hand sketching as a creative tool”. Fall 2016

Assistant Professor Olivier Chamel, LEED, NCARB presented “Contextual Drawing” at the 2016 Design Communication Association (DCA) Conference in Bozeman, Montana.  The paper focused on Developing a design process inclusive of contextual urban elements and based on the use of Google Map and annotated drawings. Fall 2016

Associate Professor Andrew Chin will present “Building a Diverse Community” as part of a panel discussion at the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.  Chin will discuss the strategies employed by educational institutions and professional organizations to increase the enrollment of African American students in architecture and planning. Fall 2016

Outreach Librarian Kimberly Windham, will present "Open Educational Resources in the Arts" at the Art Libraries Society Southeast Chapter Conference in Sarasota, FL. Windham’s paper will discuss Open Educational Resources and Open Access resources in the arts and design disciplines. Fall 2016

Assistant Professor Olivier Chamel, LEED, NCARB is assisting the FAMU Sustainability Office in the design and construction management of the FAMU 2016 Home Depot Re-Tool Your School project.   The $30,000 award will provide an “eco-classroom” that will serve as a non-traditional learning center.  It will host educational demonstrations for the community on renewable energy, environmental conservation, food security, and other sustainability related initiatives. It will also serve as a place for positive community social interactions, as a seedbed for entrepreneurial possibilities related to compost and produce (herbs), and generate opportunities for student volunteer engagement across campus.

Guest Lecturer

Assistant Professor Mahsan Mohsenin, Ph.D. was invited to present a lecture at the 2nd International Conference on Green Energy and Expo.  The Green Energy and Expo 2016 is a three-day event consisting of scientific program, comprehensive talks, special sessions, oral and poster presentations of peer-reviewed contributed papers.

Professor Arleen Pabón, Ph.D. was invited by the Florida State University (FSU) Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to present a series of lectures entitled "Magic Buildings: Twelve Architectural Jewels" Fall 2016

For additional information call Felicia Perkins at 850-599-3244