Norwich graduate receives patent

Norwich alumni William F. Lyons, Jr. has been awarded a patent for work he performed during his capstone senior design project. Lyons, a 1990 graduate of Norwich with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, received Patent No. US 6,708,555 B1 for his work on dielectric-type moisture meters.

Dielectric-type moisture meters are meters used to determine the amount of moisture in building materials such as wood, gypsum board, concrete, and brick. Dielectric meters, unlike conductance meters, are non-invasive devices that do not physically puncture a material. Dielectric meters generate an electric field through flat platens located on the bottom of the meter. These, in turn, analyze characteristics about the electric field to generate a moisture content reading.

Major Bill Lyons is presently assigned as the Executive Officer of the 6th Battalion (Military Intelligence), 3rd Brigade (Combat Support), 98th Division (Institutional Training). An Army Reservist, Major Lyons recently returned from an assignment with the 325th Military Intelligence Battalion (Corps Operations) in Iraq. While mobilized and deployed to Iraq, Major Lyons served as the Human Intelligence Operations Officer for Combined Joint Task Force 7, the theatre headquarters for Operation Iraqi Freedom. His responsibilities included developing, coordinating, and analyzing all operations related to human intelligence sources and interrogations. Just prior to his deployment to Iraq, Major Lyons deployed to Bosnia, where he landed on the morning of September 11, 2001.

In civilian life, Mr. Lyons is the Vice President of Traffic Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm in Belmont, Massachusetts. A registered professional engineer in six states and a certified planner, Mr. Lyons advises land developers on strategies to maximize property utilization and create value through the permitting and entitlement process.

malbury@norwich.edu, August 2004

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