Facility Management & Design internship awarded to OSU’s Design, Housing & Merchandising program

Summer 2010 Faculty and Student Team (FaST) Research Program:

Facility Management and Design at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)


The Oklahoma State University?s FaST team, which was selected to work at Argonne National Laboratory for 10 weeks during the Summer of 2010, hail from the Interior Design Program in the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising.  Dr. Paulette Hebert, is the faculty member who will lead the team.  December 2009 graduate, Ms. Brook Brandon, and 4th year student, Ms. Autry Sneed and 3rd year student, Ms. Jessa Feagins have been selected as team members and all have accepted.   Dr. Hebert has been told by DOE Argonne Laboratory representatives that this is the first time they will bring a FaST team to their site.

 ?The Faculty and Student Teams (FaST) Program is a cooperative effort between the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and the National Science Foundation (NSF). This FaST program award will support a team comprised of one faculty member and 3 undergraduate students. The program provides hands-on research opportunities in DOE national laboratories during the summer. The faculty member  had identified a mutually beneficial research area amenable to collaboration? ? , and selected a student team to apply for this competitive program. 

?One of the objectives of Argonne is to serve as a center where investigators can pursue research and development work related to the broad field of energy.  To his end, Argonne is particularly interested in cooperating with qualified faculty members and students from universities who will perform research work under Argonne guidance.?

The Opportunity Description is 103-APS:


The FaST team?s work will support the Energy Science Building Project (ESB) and the Office of Project Management Strategic Planning group at ANL.  Tasks include:  review ESB Building Information Modeling (BIM) design progress submissions, review ESB progress floor plans, develop presentation graphics and posters for ESB and future Argonne building projects, assist Project Managers in design team meetings, develop floor plans for the Argonne energy quad buildings, review ESB design progress drawings and project documents,  assist the strategic planning team  in planning the efficient use of office and laboratory spaces, assist ESB in the development and selection of energy efficient solutions required to meet the LEED Gold requirements (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design?s green building rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.), participate in the on-going development of a model of the Argonne site in Sketch Up (a 3-d sketching software for the conceptual phases of design), perform data gathering and assessments of existing spaces in Building 323 proposed renovation project.

?Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s oldest and largest national laboratories for science and engineering research, employs roughly 2,900 employees, including about 1,000 scientists and engineers, three-quarters of whom hold doctoral degrees. Argonne’s annual operating budget of around $630 million supports upwards of 200 research projects, which are broadly described below. Since 1990, Argonne has worked with more than 600 companies and numerous federal agencies and other organizations.?Argonne’s mission is to apply a unique mix of world-class science, engineering and user facilities to deliver innovative research and technologies. We create new knowledge that addresses the most important scientific and societal needs of our nation.?  Argonne National Laboratories is located 25 miles southwest of Chicago, IL. 

OSU?s Interior Design program offers students the choice of a professional area in Facility Management, and currently offers one specialized ?in-house? course:  DHM 4433, Facility Management and Design, which is currently taught by Dr. Hebert.  The interior design program also has a student chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) which was selected as the Outstanding IFMA Student Chapter of the Year (internationally) in 2008-09.  Dr. Hebert currently serves as the Faculty Advisor.


Department of Design, Housing & Merchandising