Porticos Supports Panther Creek High School Moody’s Mega Math Challenge Team

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Porticos was proud to be able to provide support in the way of facilities, supplies and food to a well deserving group of Panther Creek High School students who recently participated in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge (M3 Challenge). The M3 Challenge is organized annually by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Winners receive scholarships totaling $115K for continuing education. This year more than 5400 high school students from 29 states participated in the competition that is intended to spotlight applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool.

The Panther Creek Team consisted of Sai Cheemalapati, Holland Gallagher, Peter Green, Steven Hee and Hunter Patterson. This year’s M3 Challenge focused on the question “Is US High-Speed Rail worth the cost?” With the elimination of continued funding for the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program (HSIPR) by Congress last November, answering the question is critical to getting private investment to fund the project.

Using applied mathematics and in-depth research, the team developed mathematical models to address ridership, construction & maintenance costs and the impact on energy dependency in ten HSIPR identified regions. The 19 page final report was impressive in its detail and complexity especially considering the team only had 14 hours from the release of the problem statement to the report submission. While we are not at liberty to release the findings until the competition awards are announced, one fact was mathematically proven; pizza goodness is directly related to the amount of pepperoni applied.

To learn more about the M3 Challenge paste the link http://m3challenge.siam.org/ into your internet browser to visit the website.

About Porticos — Porticos, Inc. is a mechanical engineering and product development company located in Research Triangle Park, NC. Established in 2003, Porticos continues to produce innovative and effective solutions for its clients and the markets they serve. Porticos, Inc. provides mechanical design, analysis, research and development services to clients including Dell, Motorola, Raytheon, and many others. For more information on how Porticos “turns good ideas into great products,” please visit www.porticos.net.

Porticos receives Dept of Energy R&D Grant for Energy Efficient Clothes Dryer

[Friday, June 18, 2010]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) today announced that more than $2 million in energy efficiency grants will be invested in projects in Morrisville and Charlotte.

“These grants help support North Carolina’s transition to a 21st-century, clean energy economy,” said Hagan. “Investing in energy efficient products and workforce education means more clean job opportunities and lower electricity bills during these difficult economic times. And with our dedicated workforce and advanced research and development sectors, North Carolina is well positioned to lead the way toward a renewable energy future.”

Porticos, Inc. of Morrisville, NC will receive a $1.7 million Stimulus grant to develop a Next-Generation Clothes Dryer that will consume about half as much energy per cycle as a conventional dryer and dry clothes in significantly less time. The proposed technology will consume less than 50 percent of the energy of a conventional dryer and induce virtually no HVAC energy burden on home heating and air-conditioning systems.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will receive a $589,843 Stimulus grant to develop accredited certificate level training programs for commercial building operators. When fully implemented, the project will increase the pool of qualified professionals skilled in energy efficient building technologies and best practices. The training program will utilize existing, modified, and newly developed curricula from the Department of Engineering Technology (ET) at UNC-Charlotte.

“This project is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and brings a wealth of University talent to bear on the development of new skills for new jobs,” said Dr. Stephen Mosier, Vice Chancellor for Research and Federal Relations at UNC Charlotte. “It also moves us forward on ‘greener’ energy and a reduction of our dependence on fossil fuels. The University is proud to be a partner with industry in this effort.”

“The project will not only increase the pool of qualified professionals in energy efficient construction, but will ultimately help achieve the national goal of net-zero energy buildings by 2025,” said Dr. Anthony Brizendine, Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at UNC Charlotte, and the project director for the Net-Zero Energy Building Operator Training Program (NZEBOT). “We expect to increase the workforce pool with expertise in energy management and conservation techniques, and create new “green” job opportunities in North Carolina and the Southeast.”

Porticos, Inc. Gets “Green” Light from NCGBF

[Apr 26, 2010 10:51 AM]

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Porticos, Inc. has been invited to submit a research proposal to the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology.  The research supports Porticos’ Next Generation Clothes Dryer initiative, the goal of which is to develop a residential clothes dryer that consumes less than half the energy of a conventional dryer.  Earlier in 2010 Porticos, along with 580 other companies, sent a short whitepaper to the NCBST outlining the proposed research and benefits.  A small number of participants were then invited to submit full research proposals to the North Carolina Green Business Fund (NCGBF).  Porticos is proud to be one of those finalists.

The Next Generation Clothes Dryer program is intended to leapfrog the status-quo in clothes dryers.  Based on Department of Energy calculations, the new technology could save 283 Trillion BTUs of energy; more than the total energy consumption of some states.  The avoided carbon emissions exceed 4.4 million metric tons.

“The clothes dryer is one of the most energy-intensive appliances in the home,” explained Kevin Carpenter, Chief Engineer at Porticos.  “Yet this is the only major appliance that isn’t covered by Energy Star program.  Why?  Because there is no energy-efficient alternative.  We are going to change that.”

Greg Patterson, the President of Porticos, continued “Twenty years ago, front-loading washers were a niche product because they were new and expensive.  Now they represent half of all sales.  That’s a good model for us.  Make something that genuinely works well and uses less energy, and the market will embrace it.”  Porticos plans to prove the concept with progressively more complex and compact prototypes, culminating in an appliance that can be field-tested in a local home.

Partner and investor opportunities are available.  Please call Greg Paterson at 919-468-0033 x153 to learn more.

About Porticos — Porticos, Inc. is a mechanical engineering and product development company located in Research Triangle Park, NC. Established in 2003, Porticos continues to produce innovative and effective solutions for its clients and the markets they serve. Porticos, Inc. provides mechanical design, analysis, research and development services to clients including Dell, Motorola, Raytheon, Emerson, and many others. For more information on how Porticos “turns good ideas into great products,” please visit www.porticos.net.