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Materials used for roofing vary widely across the construction industry. Of these materials, asphalt shingle, clay tile, and metal are predominantly used. Lifespans of these materials vary greatly dependent upon exposure and climate-type, occasionally requiring home and business owners to perform a complete reroof earlier than anticipated.

Avery Wilson, who has 20 years of experience in the roofing industry, has identified a need for development of a long-lasting and affordable roofing option. In light of this identification, Avery has begun to explore the use of basalt fibers in a roofing material.

Basalt is the most common volcanic rock type on earth. Exceptional basalt deposits exist in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, making it a readily available material. Additionally, basalts are a desirable material due in part to their high melting temperature, high strength, good insulation properties, and relatively light weight.

 

Team Lead - Suzannah Lenz

Hi, my name is Suzannah Lenz and I am a 4th year Chemical Engineering student hailing from Hastings, Michigan. Beyond Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise, I currently serve as the president of Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honors Society and work as an academic success coach for the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors - hiking, kayaking, and camping are some of my favorite things to do. I also enjoy travelling, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends. This semester our team is excited to launch the Basalt Fiber Roofing Project and begin the product development process! 

 
Suzannah Lenz - Team Lead

Suzannah Lenz - Team Lead