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Kevin Martin

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Engineering Technology

SH 101A
kbmartin@niu.edu
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Environmental Focus

Dr. Martin's primary research interests include renewable energy systems, industrial energy efficiency, hydrogen economy development designs, and hybrid electric vehicles. Dr. Martin served as the team leader for the Missouri S&T EcoCAR team which researched, designed, developed, and tested a full size fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. He has been involved in research projects sponsored by U.S. FTA, U.S. DOE, U.S. DLA, U.S. DOT-RITA, AFRL, and Missouri DNR.

Current Student Research Opportunities

  • Development of urban electric vehicles
  • Passive solar tracking systems
  • Renewable energy analysis and modeling of integrated wind, solar, biomass, and fuel cell systems

Past Student Research Projects

  • Robust and low cost passive solar tracking systems proposals submitted to bothUSOAR and Student Engagement fund
  • The Environmental and Energy Impacts of Light
  • Evaluating Renewable Energy Collection and Consumption through Experimentation

Building Energy Efficiency and Management (BEEAM) Laboratory

Dr. Kevin Martin and Dr. William Mills, professors in the Department Engineering and Engineering Technology, lead the Building Energy Efficiency and Management (BEEAM) laboratory.

Students and faculty working with this lab focus on building energy efficiency through research on building technologies including lighting systems, variable frequency drives (VFDs), and solar photovoltaic energy resources.

The BEEAM laboratory is used to teach students energy auditing concepts and to research spectrally enhanced lighting and LED luminaire design, application specific energy reductions from VFDs, and passive solar tracking system.

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