BMATWT Students’ Greasy Endeavour makes it into the Globe and on TV

Amherst, March 29, 2007 Two Building Materials & Wood Technology students do their part to green America. In a time where filling stations charge anything between $2.00 and $3.50 per gallon of gasoline, brothers David and Richard Posluszny pay 28 cents per gallon for fuel. This is accomplished by clarifying and using recycled vegetable oil from restaurants for their personal transportation (an old Mercedes Benz). As of now, their story has been featured in the Boston Globe and on the Hallmark Television channel. See their method in the video below or simply visit their website to learn more. Links: Website: http://www.thegreasybrothers.com/ BMATWT students' greasy endeavor makes it into the Globe. (2/27/2007) (PDF) ...
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3D CAD Models of Campus Buildings as Aide for Orientation

Student: John W. Michalski (M.S. stud.) Faculty Supervisor: Alexander Schreyer Project Type: Independent Study Year: 2005 Description: In 2005, the university launched a new NAAB accredited Architecture+Design program in the Department of Art & Art History. To promote the program and the newly offered M.Arch., a new website was created. Like any departmental website, this one featured faculty pages. To complement the faculty office room number information (e.g. "Holdsworth 127") visually, transparent 3-dimensional models of the respective buildings were created in which the office was shown as a red box. The 3D-CAD software SketchUp was chosen for this task, since it allows for an intuitive creation of 3D geometry and provides the required visualization capability. All buildings were modeled rather coarse with floor slabs and walls only. Then all components were assigned a transparent material. Finally, the different views were exported as JPGs. Documents: The images can be seen on the Architecture+Design website on the faculty pages. The following are some samples: ...
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