Learning opportunities abound at NCPTT. The 2012 summer class of five interns undertakes laboratory research, makes videos and podcasts for our web site, builds new electronic instruments, and develops smart phone apps. These students come from widely varied backgrounds and in some cases are working in interdisciplinary teams for the first time.
Through the 10-week summer internship program, they will develop experiments and think critically about data. Interns will attend regular lectures and learn about different presentation styles. They will give a lunch time lecture, prepare a poster, and participate in the annual “Preservation in your Community” outreach event.
With a scholarship from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Stanislav Ponomarev is applying his electrical engineering skills as an intern with Curtis Desselles. He is developing new analytical tools to study cultural heritage. He is building an ultrasound and eddy current instrument to look at defects and worn inscriptions on artwork and cultural objects. His internship will involve building circuits and writing software for the instrument.
Ponomarev was born and grew up in Voronezh, Russia. He finished 9 grades of Russian school, before he moved to United States at age 15. He graduated from Rosepine High School in 2008, and went to Northwestern State University (NSU) to study Electronics Engineering Technology. He has worked as an NSU recruiter during school, and as a fry cook at Burger king during summer breaks. In Spring 2012, he graduated Cum Laude from NSU with a Bachelors degree.
Jorge Rodriguez is working with Sean Clifford and Curtis Desselles to develop historic preservation applications for smart phones. With the explosion of smart phone applications, NCPTT saw a niche for preservation applications. The Center worked with Heritage Preservation to develop an iPhone application for Emergency Response and Salvage (ERS), based on Heritage Preservation’s popular Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel. Rodriguez is working on translating the ERS application to android-based phones as well as developing a Spanish version of the app.
Rodriguez comes from San Pedro Sula, Honduras and grew up in a family dedicated to teaching. He has worked in the Kattan Group as an Application Programmer and as a Technician for Tecnosource, in Honduras. Jorge is pursuing a double major at NSU in Computer Information Systems and Music Performance with a concentration in cello. His interests include music, ping pong, tennis and reading. He is recently married to Vivian Pedroza.
Jennifer Hay is working with Debbie Smith in the Historic Landscapes program. Her work this summer consists of producing podcasts for the NCPTT website on topics related to historic landscapes. She is editing and updating the NCPTT Product Catalog on the website as well.
Hay is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU in Baton Rouge. She holds Geography degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University-San Marcos. Her dissertation focuses on the intersection of historic preservation and resilience through social capital in New Orleans, and past research topics include adaptive reuse and community museums. In her spare time, Hay likes to cycle and garden.
Stacy Urlacher is working the Sarah Jackson in the Architecture and Engineering Program. She is continuing a study of traditional limewash recipes for use on historic and modern brick to use at Magnolia Plantation in the Cane River Creole NHP. Also, Stacey will learn to perform an energy audit on an historic structure using infrared technology.
Urlacher is a graduate student in the Masters in Historic Preservation Program at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. She hopes to gain experience both in the conservation lab and in the field assessing the energy efficiency and condition of buildings. When not at work, she enjoys hiking and fishing. She is planning for her wedding at the end of summer.
Laura Lee Worrell
Laura Lee Worrell is working with Carol Chin in the Materials Conservation program to evaluate commercially available primers for weathered wood. Routine painting is one of the primary maintenance issues of historic wood structures. With increased pressure to lower maintenance costs through the use of vinyl siding, it is imperative to find ways to increase the lifespan of paint coatings. This study compares commercially available primers in use in a paint system to determine relative rates of failure. The work requires research into primer paint systems, development of a standardized methodology for preparing samples, and artificial and natural weathering.
Worrell is currently a senior at Virginia Tech and will be graduating this December with a major in Building Construction and Design and Real Estate. In conjunction with her major, she has participated in four Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region II Design-Build Student competitions and one National ASC LEED competition in Reno, NV. She is an active member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, Virginia Zeta chapter and the Virginia Tech Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She plans to study for a Masters degree in Historic Preservation.