Brandon Harrold

Mentor: Dr. Prabir Barooah
College of Engineering
 
"I decided to do research at UF because it was something I hadn't done at the time and was something I wanted to tryout. After finding a research mentor that I liked and a research topic that I was passionate about, I was sure that this was going to be a great experience. Regardless as to whether I do research the rest of my life or never do it again after this year, I believe doing research at UF will be beneficial to both my personal and career goals. Also, I am very thankful for the USP and it's support."

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Humidity Controls of AC Systems

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List
  • J. Wayne Reitz Scholar 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • University of Florida Club Golf Team
  • Undergraduate Consulting Club
  • Beta Theta Pi Fraternity

Volunteer

  • Missions trip to Ireland

Hobbies and Interests

  • Golf
  • Weightlifting
  • Wakeboarding
  • Private Equity

Research Description

Technical & Economical Optimization of Humidity Control Systems
It is desirable to have a comfortable level of both temperature and humidity when in air conditioning. Today, large buildings do not have an accurate method of identifying the current humidity, which does not allow for the HVAC system to adapt and produce the most comfortable settings. Existing humidity sensors, which are common in air handling units, are inaccurate at high relative humidity (RH) levels. Therefore, if an economical humidity sensor can be invented and optimized, there would be demand for the product because it solves this problem. My research with Dr. Barooah is purposed to solve the problem previously stated and will consist of 1) inventing, designing, building, and testing a more accurate modular humidity sensor than conventional sensors used today and 2) economically optimizing the sensor installation process to improve humidity and temperature readings in buildings.