Physics/Engineering Major Interns at West Virginia Split Rail

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

From left, Physics/Engineering Professor Joseph Wiest, Mark Winnett, Matt Stadelman, and Physics/Engineering Chair Bert Popson

West Virginia Wesleyan student Matt Stadelman did not need to go very far to find a summer internship. He is performing an energy audit at West Virginia Split Rail, a company located just across the railroad tracks from the college. Stadelman is a second-year physics/engineering major from Grafton.

Stadelman is measuring the electrical usage of the large industrial motors at West Virginia Split Rail using infrared thermometers and ammeters. He is focusing on methods of reducing the peak electrical demand that occurs when the motors are turned on, and writing an instruction manual for starting the motors in a way that minimizes operating costs. West Virginia Split Rail will gain long-term cost savings from Stadelman’s work.

Coordinators of the internship are Mike Hinkle at West Virginia Split Rail, Mark Winnett at Tioga Resources, an engineering consulting firm in Bridgeport, and Dr. Bert Popson, Physics/Engineering Chair at Wesleyan.