UNLV has been selected to participate in the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Organized by Dr. Tom Piechota, Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research and Eric Weber of the School of Architecture, the team will be one of 20 that will be competing in the Solar Decathlon Competition. Teams come from all around the world.
The event will take place in Irvine, California, in late 2013. The Solar Decathlon is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive (http://www.solardecathlon.gov/). The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
The UNLV team (Team Las Vegas) consists of a collaboration of students and faculty from Architecture, Engineering, Business, and Communications. The Engineering College faculty are well-represented within the UNLV team, which includes : Dr. Robert Boehm, Dr. Alex Paz-Cruz, Dr. Prmaen Shrestha, and Dr. Samir Moujaes. The two-year effort will be integrated into various education programs including the Solar and Renewable Energy Minor and Renewable Energy Graduate Certificates (both supported by NV Energy), the David G. Howryla Design-Build Laboratory (supported by the named donor), the Mendenhall Innovation Center (supported by the named donor), and the Engineering Senior Design courses (supported by Fred and Harriet Cox).
In addition, Team Las Vegas will be asking the community to support this effort as there are many people and companies that have expertise that will be invaluable to the success of the project.
A reception will be held at UNLV in the next few weeks, to celebrate before all the hard work begins. Please stay tuned!