BOONE—Professors from Universidad de la Habana visited Appalachian State University recently to learn about Appalachian’s sustainable technology programs. Appalachian was one of only a few campuses the professors toured.
The Cuban professors are interested in starting a photovoltaic solar program in Havana and reached out to faculty in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment (STBE). According to Dr. Jeremy Ferrell, a professor in the department, the guests toured the solar laboratory, the teaching facility in Katherine Harper Hall and inspected the Apperion, the university’s solar vehicle.
According to STBE student Dan Blakeley, “They wanted to learn all about what batteries and solar cells we were using. How the driver got in and out of the car and how comfortable it was to drive.” The professors were especially interested in the Scrum board, which is used to keep track of what needs to be accomplished on the car, who is responsible for it and when it should be done, he said.
The solar vehicle team is sponsored by both the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, which is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The visit follows on the heels of the Cuban embargo lift by U.S. President Barack Obama. Faculty and students from Appalachian may visit Havana next summer, Ferrell said.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.