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Brandon Brown

Brandon C. Brown

The Prometheus Project is lucky to have Brandon on the team. A Ph.D. Candidate at the University of New Brunswick in Electrical Engineering, Brandon brings a whole new set of skills to the table.

Brandon worked towards his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, ON. During this time he was very involved with the Queen's Bands, as well as working at the student run Publishing and Copy Centre and the Queen's University technology support centre.

After graduation, he began working full time at Computer-Talk Technology in 2006 where he started in the Quality Assurance department. After a short while, Brandon began taking on more responsibilities including updating and maintaining production code. By the end of his time at CTT, Brandon was assisting with high level design of customer applications as well as some application development.

In the fall of 2007, Brandon decided to dive back into academia and focused his research on wireless communications, with his Master's thesis titled "An Efficient Architecture for Closed-Loop Power-Control Access" which proposed and implemented a cost-effective means to gain access to a wireless communication channel using mostly off the shelf components.  He successfully defended his Master's thesis in the fall of 2009. Brandon is now working towards his Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick.

Brandon currently is helping ProSolarTec develop new systems to track the sun.  Using his experience in robotics and embedded programming he has been successful in designing and building a chronological tracking system for the Kinley Duel Mirror System.

Prometheus News

Thermocouples

As the ProSolarTec continues to improve its solar concentrating technology, the technologies used to measure and record data must also follow suit. Prometheus field tests currently use data acquisition software coupled with high-grade thermocouples to accurately measure temperatures of up to 8 different locations simultaneously. The testing has recently surpassed the upper limit of K-type thermocouples and in order to record these higher temperatures the Prometheus Team is now using platinum based R-type thermocouples. As the accuracy of the tests improves, more detailed fine-tuning can be executed on the prototypes, further increasing the success of the project's experiments.

 
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