28 Feb 2013
February 28, 2013

Student Spotlight: David Watson ’13

Meet David Watson, an integral member of the Civil Engineering team!

Q- How did you get involved with Solar Decathlon?

DW- The civil team formed from our Design 6 group, after Alex Lee and Zoe Elliott brought up the project to the rest of our group. Since the meetings for Solar D last spring were during the same time as our Design 6 lecture, we had to coordinate who would be attending meetings for Solar D and who stayed for D6, so it worked out for us to have the same group for both classes. 

Q- Are you excited for the Xpo in Irvine, California?

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The Solar Decathlon isn’t the only event happening in Irvine, CA this October. This year’s Solar Decathlon will be a part of the Xpo, a huge event dedicated to green technology and sustainability. The Xpo will feature the leading green energy companies who will show off the newest available green technologies for consumers. It will bring together the next generation of engineers, scientists and visionaries who are the leading innovators in the field of green technology, and promises to be an incredibly important event for everyone involved with green energy.

The centerpiece of the Xpo will be the Solar Decathlon competition, including our 2013 house, Ecohabit.

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14 Feb 2013
February 14, 2013

Student Spotlight: Ashley Montufar ’14

Courtney Gnash, a member of the Solar Decathlon Communications team, had the pleasure of interviewing Stevens Solar Decathlon team member Ashley Montufar ’14, originally from Moonachie, New Jersey. As a mechanical engineer, Ashley brings a technical mindedness to the team.

CG: Ashley, why do you love Stevens?

AM: I love Stevens because I truly feel like it has an outlet for every type of person. There is always somewhere I fit in.

CG: So, the diversity here inspires you?

AM: Yes! Stevens is filled with so many ambitious minds and people who are going places in this world. I love being a part of it.

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  • Entrance

    We made it to Irvine! Huge banners greet all the teams to the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

  • Team Members
    Team Members

    Alex, Taras, and Tim representing the team in Stevens polos.

  • Playing Ball
    Playing Ball

    Spencer throws the ball while Tim looks like he is ready to take a nap.

  • Team Members
    Team Members

    Spencer coaches his team on the field.

  • View from Balloon
    View from Balloon

    The view from the balloon. On the left you can see Hanger 244 and to the right the runway that will soon become Decathlete Way.

  • List of Teams
    List of Teams

    A list of all the teams in the Decathlon on Hanger 244.

  • Workshop

    The workshop’s breakout sessions inside of Hanger 244.

  • Team Members
    Team Members

    Members of the team pose with power stances in front of Hanger 244.

  • Team Members
    Team Members

    The team takes a ride on the Great Park’s balloon ride before they depart from Irvine.

  • Team Members Jumping
    Team Members Jumping

    Spencer, Tim, and Zak take an iconic jumping shot as the sun sets in the background. No, wait... that’s just the balloon.

Recently, the 20 teams competing in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon met for a design development workshop in Irvine, California.  The workshop involved 13 breakout sessions where the teams would meet 1-on-1 with organizers from the competition to discuss the upcoming competition in October.  The session topics ranged from Site Operations, Social Media, and Event Schedule and Logistics.

Our team included: Taras Koshkin (Electrical); Tim Weeks (Electrical); Spencer English (Mechanical); Alex Lee (Structures); John Ivanoff (Architecture); Corey Favaloro (Engineering Management); our adviser, Mark Pollock; and myself, Zak Moy (Communications).

A huge portion of the workshop was to get a better idea of the space that we would be working in for the competition.  

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Stevens Institute of Technology was selected again for the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition in Irvine, California.  The Stevens team brings together a cross-disciplinary group of students with expertise in design, engineering, architecture, art, and computer science.  Together, they are designing Ecohabit, a new solar home that incorporates the latest technology, research, and “Smart House” principles to demonstrate that solar power is an affordable, viable, and reliable home energy source.

Established in 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition in which 20 collegiate teams compete in designing a solar-powered eco-home.  Homes are tested, judged on, and scored on ten categories including architecture, affordability, energy balance, and communications.  

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