SPSU students took home the top prize for a poster they prepared as part of a project entered in the fourth annual Green Energy Challenge student design competition.
ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) sponsored the Green Energy Challenge at the NECA Student Chapter Summit in Las Vegas on Sept. 30. Contractors and industry partners judged the student presentations. Contractors also come to the competition finals each year to snap up the best and brightest students about to enter the profession.
Coached by Prof. Maureen Weidner, a construction management (CM) lecturer, and supported by the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association, SPSU students Samantha Anselmo, a senior in CM, Jamaal Stubbs, a senior in electrical engineering, and Jonathan Zambrano, who earned his degree in CM this past May, entered the 2012 Green Energy Challenge early in the spring semester. The SPSU team represented one of 18 NECA student chapters across the country that took part.
Teams were instructed to select a campus facility in need of energy-efficiency improvements, conduct an energy audit of its power and lighting systems and design a retrofit for those systems. Participants were also required to design a new solar photovoltaic and/or wind-energy-generation system for the facility and perform a financial analysis of the result. They were also asked to develop a plan to improve the energy conservation awareness of students and employees on their campus.
Anselmo, Stubbs and Zambrano chose to focus on improvements to the W. Clair Harris Textile Center (Building M) that would have economic, social and environmental benefits. Their poster was judged on professional appearance, technical content and creativity. The prize for their first-place finish in the poster competition was $750. Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., was second, and Youngstown State University in Ohio ranked third in the competition.
In addition to Prof. Weidner, faculty advisors for the competition included two other members of the CM department: Dr. John Mench, a senior lecturer, and adjunct Prof. Jacqueline Stephens. John Cameli, a graduate student in business administration, also advised the team. Chuck Little represents the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association on the CM department’s Construction Industry Advisory Board.