Research Prize

    Posted on Wednesday, Nov 07, 2018
    Participation in the 2018 Conference on Energy organized by the Energy Research Society at Texas A&M University left me disappointed. I was not expecting first prize and I also was not expecting nothing either. The poster presentation went well, there was no idea of who the judges were. Ten different explanations were given to ten different people. I was flanked on the left by my colleague in architecture whose research was focused on double skin facades and a student whom I forget his major was by my right. His project was focused on measuring the efficiency of kitchen hoods. He was working on a better kitchen hood and I am looking forward to using it because I sometimes wonder if my current one is extracting the hot air at all. His topic was quite an interesting one and it gave me a sense of inspiration. My presentation focused on the energy saved by the reuse of scrap metal from the automotive industry as a living green wall.

    Fast forward to about six weeks later at the Virtual Built Symposium 2018 organized by the College of Architecture, I realized the benefits on my involvement at the Conference on Energy. It taught me that research is a practice. Taking part in research presentations is the practice one needs to grow personally; some truths are revealed in those sessions. It recalls the story of fishes staying active in water to improve their health and taste. Registering and showing up a presentation is key. There have been empty spots and seats at some of the events. This could be from an unforeseen event or a late minute cancellation. It is undeniable that active presentation helps growth, imagination and creativity.

    The United States National Science Foundation asks a principal investigator to list his or her research “products” rather than “publications” in the biographical sketch section. This means that a scientist’s worth is dependent on the impact of their publication. .This calls for more rigor and study of societal problems and their solutions as we review and revisit our areas of focus from feedback at presentations.

    Patricia Kio
    Patricia is a Ph.D. student in the College of Architecture

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