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Virginia Tech


Y-WindSolar Connexion

Cortney V Martin
Virginia Tech
109 Hillcrest Hall
VA  24061-0453


About Us

Primary Project Team


Professional Description


David Dillard 

Adhesive & Sealant Science Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Cortney Martin

Coordinator for Pedagogical Practice, Center for Instructional Design and Educational Research

Course Coordinator for Earth Sustainability course series

Gail Billingsley

Executive Director of the YMCA at Virginia Tech

Denny Cochrane

Virginia Tech Sustainability Program Manager

Karen Drake

Comprehensive Town Planner, Town of Blacksburg

Richard Hirsh

Director, Consortium on Energy Restructuring

Professor of History and Science & Technology Studies at VT

Anne McClung

Director, Planning and Building, Town of Blacksburg
Jackie Pontious

Program Coordinator, Sustainable Blacksburg

L. David Roper

YMCA Solar Greenhouse designer and founder

Professor Emeritus of Physics at Virginia Tech

Community environmental educator
Peter Thompson

CEO Streamlined Strategies - Making Teams and Plans come to life

Bryan Walsh

Owner, Solar Connexions

System architect and installer

Billy Newcomb Draper Aden Associates

Senior Design Team Members (Engineering Science and Mechanics)

  • Dan Cook
  • Jake Derlaga
  • Susie Frasca
  • Nick Hammond
  • Chase Siuta
  • Michael Titus

Sponsor: Don Leo (, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research for Energy Initiatives, and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering


  • Nick Bird – served on original Y-Wind proposal team (VT ME 2009)
  • Pat Bixler - Executive Director of Sustainable Blacksburg; Principal of Baseline Energy Solutions
  • Joe Callahan - Virginia Tech (VT ESM 2009)
  • Abi Convery – Associate  Director, YMCA at VT
  • Mike Eberl - CEM, Project Manager/Mechanical Engineer; Project Administration:  Building Commissioning Engineer
  • Pierra LaFlamme - Structural Engineer (link)
  • Steve Gerus - Bell Electric, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • John Michael Harbin – student and Y volunteer
  • Meredith Jones - Member, VT YMCA Board of Directors, Tom’s Creek Investors
  • Steve Keighton – Blacksburg National Weather Service
  • Alan Kratz – VT Engineering student/wind farm entrepreneur in Baltimore County, MD
  • Sean McGinnis - Director, Virginia Tech Green Engineering Program, Faculty, Earth Sustainability Program
  • Damian Pitt - PhD Candidate, Planning, Governance, and Globalization, Virginia Tech
  • Chuck Ronco - Mathematics
  • Dr Theo Dillaha - Program Director, SANREM CRSP, Virginia Tech
  • EWB - Engineers without Borders, Virginia Tech
  • Dave Creed - State Electric
  • Dean Frantz - Engineering Services, Prices Fork, Blacksburg




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