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Student Feature Friday with Rasheed Shittu

Friday, February 2, 2024

Rasheed Shittu


Meet Rasheed Shittu, a first-year student at Oklahoma State University, set to graduate in 2028. He is rapidly establishing himself as an avid advocate for eco-friendly solutions to advancement in the field of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R). His research portfolio showcases a consistent focus on innovative topics that bridge sustainability and technological advancements within the industry. He is poised to make a significant impact on the industry as he progresses in his ambitious pursuits.


Rasheed has many interests that occupy him outside of his academic career. Athletic and adventurous, he’s a fan of playing soccer, and he doesn’t miss an opportunity to explore his surroundings when he travels. He has many areas in his skillset to pull from in his work. What sets Rasheed's work apart is his overarching commitment to addressing global challenges related to climate change and environmental sustainability through HVAC&R advancements. His research aligns seamlessly with the industry's objectives of optimizing system performance while minimizing environmental impact.


Rasheed's publications exhibit a diverse range of topics centered around environmental sustainability, renewable energy, and his keen interest in advancing HVAC&R technologies. Notable works include the design and structural analysis of a recycling plant converting waste PET bottles into plastic flakes, showcasing his commitment to environmental concerns. His research on the performance evaluation of a micro-steam turbine-powered electricity generator highlights his dedication to enhancing the efficiency of renewable energy systems. Additionally, Rasheed's earlier work on the development of an automated, energy-efficient ice production machine demonstrates a holistic approach, considering energy consumption and operational efficiency. Overall, Rasheed's contributions reflect a comprehensive perspective that integrates environmental sustainability, renewable energy, and advancements in HVAC&R technologies.


Looking ahead, Rasheed envisions his work contributing significantly to the HVAC&R industry. This passion led him to join the Center for Integrated Building Systems (CIBS). The ongoing and diverse research pursuits at CIBS align seamlessly with his interests, offering an exciting avenue to contribute to cutting-edge advancements. His current work for a CIBS project involves the commissioning of a hot gas bypass pumped loop chiller for testing heat exchangers in a psychrometric coil testing facility, which holds substantial benefits for the HVAC&R industry. This project provides a crucial subsystem that will be integrated with a psychrometric coil testing facility and will offer a means to test heat exchangers using any low global warming potential refrigerants.


In terms of future aspirations, Rasheed plans to leverage his research and teaching experience gained during his PhD for a career in academia. Simultaneously, he remains open to industry opportunities, where he can actively contribute to the development of innovative and sustainable HVAC&R technologies.


As Rasheed continues to make strides in the field, his commitment to merging technology and sustainability positions him as one to watch in HVAC&R research. The industry eagerly anticipates the transformative impact of his work on the future of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.

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