Project Overview

Measuring home insulation

Faculty Sponsor

Beth Parks (


Physics and Astronomy
Environmental Studies


Most homeowners have no idea how well their homes are insulated. The reason is that, unless you build the house yourself, the only way to learn about the insulation is to hire a contractor to peek inside the walls. We’re testing an inexpensive tool that will let homeowners measure their insulation by measuring the temperature difference between a wall surface and the interior of the house. Your work will involve both lab experiments in a test structure and computer modeling to improve the methodology for this tool.

Student Qualifications

Physics and physics-astronomy majors are preferred. Some experience with electronics is helpful.

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 01/15/2017 and close on 02/07/2017

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