Faculty Advisor

Peet, R. Creighton

Faculty Advisor

Williams, Nicholas Enyart


The Gobabeb Research and Training Centre of the Namib Desert, Namibia has technology rooms that overheat. We were tasked to passively cool these rooms. We acquired contextual information and collected temperature data to determine major heat sources to develop a solution. We concluded that the sun and internal technology were the major sources of heat gain. Based on prototyping, we recommend the GRTC implement evaporative cooling, shading, reflective paints, insulation, and ventilation methods to best cool their buildings. Additionally, we generalized this process for use in surrounding communities.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs