Nan Byars

Nan Byars
Professor
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Office: 
SMITH 332 A
Phone: 
704-687-5034
Fax: 
704-687-6653
Degrees & Professional Registration: 
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown WV, 1981
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson SC, 1978
  • REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER, South Carolina
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
Research: 
  • Technological Literacy
  • Engineering Education
  • Energy Conservation for Building Envelope Systems (roofing, walls, windows, foundation)
Other Professional Appointments: 
  • Celanese Research & Development, Charlotte North Carolina, Development Engineer, 1993-1995
  • California Polytechnic State University, Department of Engineering Technology, Professor, 1991-1993
  • California Polytechnic State University, Department of Engineering Technology, Associate Professor, 1985-1991
  • Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley California, Special Staff Scientist, 1990
  • Solar Energy Research Institute, Golden Colorado, Visiting Professional, 1989
  • Celanese Celriver Plant, Rock Hill South Carolina, Project Engineer, 1981-83
  • West Virginia University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Teaching Fellow, 1980-1981
  • South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, Columbia South Carolina, Engineer, 1978-1979
  • MEET Program Coordinator since Spring 2004
  • MEET FAIT, Chair, ongoing
  • ABET Self-Study Writing Committee, Member, ongoing
  • Engineering Technology Department TAC/ABET Outcomes, Objectives and Assessment Strategies Committee, Member, ongoing
  • Engineering Technology Department ABET Committee, Member, ongoing
  • Engineering Technology FSET Faculty Search Committee, Member, 2003
  • Engineering Management RPT Document Committee, Member, 2003
     
  • College of Engineering SPART Committee, Engineering Technology Department Representative, 2002-Present
     
  • Engineering Technology CIET Faculty Search Committee, Member, 2002
     
  • Engineering Technology FSET Faculty Search Committee, Member, 2002
     
  • Committee to Study Implementation of First Two Years, Member, 2002
     
  • Engineering Technology Department Chair Search Committee, Member, 2001
     
  • Engineering Technology CIET Faculty Search Committee, Member, 2001
     
  • Engineering Technology MEET Faculty Search Committee, Member, 2001
     
  • Ad-Hoc Committee to Define ET’s Niche, Member, 2001
     
  • Engineering Technology Department Tenure and Promotion Committee: Chair, 1999-2005
     
  • Faculty Council, Engineering Technology Department Representative, 2000 & 2001
     
  • College of Engineering Dean Search Committee for Dean, Member, 1998 & 1999
     
  • Academic Integrity Board member, 1997-2003
     
  • College Mechanical Equipment Committee, Member, 1996-2001
     
  • Tutor, University Park elementary school fifth grade Math Superstars and second grade remedial math students, 2003  
     
  • Solar Decathlon Advisor 2001-2002, attended Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C., September 2002
     
  • Instructor, Professional Engineering Review course for Fluid Mechanics, 2000-2005
     
  • Instructor, Fundamentals of Engineering Review course for Fluid Mechanics, 2000-2005
     
  • Advisor, Odyssey of the Mind student group at University Park elementary school, 2002
     
  • Speaker to teenage girls from Piedmont middle school about engineering, March, 2001
     
  • Volunteer, Charlotte Women’s Shelter, teaching computer skills to residents, 2000
     
  • Peer Reviewer for junior faculty, 1999-2005
     
  • Speaker at Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Student Meeting, UNC Charlotte, 1999
     
  • Book Review: Technical Calculus with Analytic Geometry, Fourth Edition, 2000
     
  • Book Review: Applied Calculus for Technology, 2000
     
  • Reviewer: ASEE annual conference, 1998-2000
Research Grants: 
  • "Net-Zero Energy Building Operator Training Program", DOE, 2010-2012, $589,843, Co-PI.
  • PI, “Degradation of Roofing Membrane Reflectance,” Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc.($33,413), 2000-2002
  • PI, “Development of Criteria for Self-Drying Low Slope Roofing Systems, Phase II,” Lockheed-Martin Energy Systems, Inc. ($26,758), 1997-1999
  • PI, “Development of Criteria for Self-Drying Low Slope Roofing Systems, Phase I,” Lockheed-Martin Energy Systems, Inc. ($10,726), 1996
Recent Publications: 
  • Byars Nan A., “ A Technical Literacy Course at UNC Charlotte”, NSF/NAE Technological Literacy Workshop, Washington DC, April 2005
  • Miller, William A. and Byars, Nan A., “The Field Performance of High-Reflectance Single-Ply Membranes Exposed to Three Years of Weathering in Various U.S. Climates,” prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725, April 2002
  • Desjarlais, A.O. and Byars, N.A., “Predicting Moisture Problems in Low-Slope Roofing,” ASHRAE Thermal VII Conference Proceedings, December 1998
  • Byars, N.A., “Technological Literacy Classes for Liberal Arts Students: the State of the Art,” Journal of Engineering Education, V87, pp. 53-62, January 1998
  • Desjarlais, A.O., Byars, N.A. and Christian, J., “A New Look at Moisture Control in Low Slope Roofing,” NRCA/NIST International Roofing Symposium Proceedings, November 1997
  • Byars, N.A., “Using a ‘Rube Goldberg’ Project to Teach Dynamics,” ASEE Southeast Section Meeting Proceedings, Atlanta, GA, April 1997
  • Desjarlais, A.O. and Byars, N.A., “Moisture Control in Low-Slope Roofing: A New Design Requirement,” Roof Consultants Institute Convention, Orlando, FL, March 1997
  • Desjarlais, A.O. and Byars, N.A., “Moisture Design to Improve Durability of Low-Slope Roofing Systems,” ORNL Sustainable Low-Slope Roofing Workshop Proceedings, Oak Ridge TN, October 1996
Honors & Awards: 
  • Tau Alpha Pi, Teacher of the Year Award, UNC Charlotte, 2000