Paul Ward

Paul Ward
Graduate Research Fellow
M.S. Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2011

I studied aerospace and nuclear engineering with the hope of facilitating manned exploration of our solar system and, along the way, improving the energy situation here on the ground. During my masters studies, I worked with the computational group at Argonne National Labs where I focused on simulating the coolant flow in experimental reactor designs. While still fascinated by these ideas, the more I learn the more I think that the solutions to the problems we face will not be found in further expansion and energy generation. Instead, I feel that we need to reign in our consumption and reevaluate how we behave toward each other and the resources we all must share.

Architecture provides opportunities to tackle these issues from a variety of perspectives. I enjoy the hands-on and multidisciplinary approach we take here at ESBL and look forward to developing methods to make our buildings more efficient and more pleasant to inhabit. My research areas of interest include daylighting techniques and using computational fluid dynamics to inform passive ventilation strategies. I am currently working with various members of campus operations to develop and deploy a series of energy-conservation projects and am performing wind-tunnel experiments to support design of a rain-screen system for an all-timber parking garage.