The STAR Team is a specialized team responsible for providing a more focused service function to the research community. This is accomplished by assisting new researchers by renovating their lab space, helping them get acclimated to campus, and installing their lab equipment to ensure they can hit the ground running when they get to campus. The STAR Team also assists existing researchers with changes in programming requirements and assisting existing researchers with day-to-day problems that may arise, such as issues with the lab’s HVAC, electrical and plumbing to ensure there are no interruptions to the research. This subunit took over the responsibility for the TVA Energy Road Map, which includes energy auditing of buildings and working with College of Engineering students on senior design projects that benefit campus by conserving energy. The STAR Team also identifies and implements energy saving projects to be used for the green fee revolving loan fund as part of the roadmap.
The STAR Team is leading the way to predictive maintenance techniques with vibration analysis, shaft alignment, and thermal analysis. Zone Maintenance acquired the equipment to do this type of work and is now training Zone Maintenance personnel to use it to balance all the equipment on campus to maximize efficiency.