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Jay Meldrum's Profile

Biography

Jay S. Meldrum is the Executive Director of Michigan Tech's Keweenaw Research Center (KRC)and and is the Executive Director of Sustainability for the University. KRC is a soft-money research arm of Michigan Tech University and employs approximately 30 scientists and engineers to provide a wide range of applied research services to clients in government and industry. Research expenditures of KRC are approximately $8 MM annually.
The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) is the Keweenaw Research Center's primary sponsor, with several active R&D contracts now under way. Projects involve vehicle mobility studies in rough terrains and snow on the Center's 900 acre proving grounds.
Meldrum is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and has served on several committees and boards including the The Board of Directors (2014-2016). Meldrum is the lead organizer for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, a Collegiate Design Series Competition that promotes the redesign of snowmobiles for lower emissions, lower noise output, and better fuel economy. This week-long event brings hundreds of volunteers and competitors to the Keweenaw and is a big boost to the local economy. Meldrum is the faculty advisor for the Alternative Energy Enterprise which covers projects including solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal heat pumps, fuel cells, and bio-fuels.
Meldrum earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).


Jay's research projects

Sustainable Demonstration House: Retrofit an Existing, Older Home into an Energy Efficient Residence

The Alternative Energy Enterprise at Michigan Tech will retrofit an existing, older home into an energy efficient residence, incorporating renewable energy generation. The goal is to set up a Sustainable Demonstration House to serve as a resource for the broader community to learn about, test and experience energy efficient/low carbon living.

Greener and Cleaner: Building a Better Snowmobile

Help tomorrow's engineers design cutting-edge snowmobile technology today. The Clean Snowmobile Challenge pits teams of students from different schools against one another to design the best environmentally friendly snowmobile—presenting concepts for quieter, cleaner, and more-efficient vehicles to industry.


Projects that Jay has supported

More Than a Snail's Pace: Monitoring Glacial Melt

Alaska's Bering Glacier, the largest glacier in North America, has been experiencing extensive ablation, or melt. Since 1900, the terminus—the glacier's endpoint—has retreated more than seven miles. In order to provide data for scientists and policy makers to act on, we must continue to monitor the Bering Glacier, and the health of other glaciers.

Baby Tears: Assessing Nutrition in Infants

Imagine if we could recognize nutritional deficiencies in infants and children before they cause serious medical damage. With only a single teardrop, we think it is possible to detect someone's vitamin levels in the same way blood plasma tests currently do, but through a quick—and completely painless—process.

Can a Good Night's Sleep Prevent Heart Disease? Exploring Sleep Apnea

Sleep disorders affect nearly one in three adults. Since chronic sleep deprivation leads to cardiovascular disease—the number one killer in the United States for almost 100 years—this is a critical health issue. We will investigate sleep disorders in great depth to better understand the connection between sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease.

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