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Damiyen Wilkerson
September 26, 2022

NGBS and the Artificial Turf Debate

Growing up, playing on artificial turf (AT) was a luxury and a way to prolong sport seasons during the time when natural turf fields were rendered unplayable due to weather conditions. Living in Alaska, it was common to see athletic fields with pools of water, snow, and bare patches late into May. Playing football under said conditions was an unpleasant experience to say the least. When playing for competitive teams, AT was the primary field type to reduce injury and provide athletes with the ability to run, make breaks, and tackle as if they were playing on a well-groomed grass field. No more rolling ankles on uneven patches, no more scrapes and bruises from landing on snow/ice, and no more one-dimensional playbooks on offense because wide receivers were unable to make breaks to create separation from defensive backs.

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Damiyen Wilkerson, Research Engineer
Damiyen Wilkerson
Research Engineer

Damiyen is a recent graduate from Howard University who received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He brings an academic understanding of; machine design, material science, CAD/CAM, Matlab, applied optimization and aerostructures. He is eager to learn how to apply the knowledge gained during his undergraduate in the professional environment and will be working with the Building Science and NGBS Green teams for technical support.