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CMU students win energy competition

Seven multidisciplinary Carnegie Mellon students took first place in a Department of Energy competition against 14 university teams to create strategies that cut energy waste and improve efficiency among commercial buildings.

The Carnegie Mellon team received the “Most Innovative” award for its entry, which strives to increase energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings in Fort Worth, Texas by the year 2020. The team also won “Best Proposal” for its “Everything Store” case study.

Team members include electrical and computer engineering master’s student Jie Yee Chan; architecture Ph.D. students Adrian Chong and Chao Ding; business master’s student Donald Johnson; and engineering and public policy (EPP) Ph.D. candidates Alan Jenn, Mili-Ann Tamayao, and Allison Weis.

“The team was up against some challenging competition, and this is where the practical problem-solving, interdisciplinary approach that is the culture at Carnegie Mellon shines through,” said team adviser and head of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture Stephen R. Lee.

“The jury was particularly impressed with the sophistication of the computer-based performance simulation of the cases done by the School of Architecture students in the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics.”

“This is wonderful recognition for our CMU students as they use skills and experience in a wide range of disciplines from engineering and finance to urban planning and public policy,” said M. Granger Morgan, head of the EPP program and director of Carnegie Mellon’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

Other universities that competed in the competition include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Chicago, and Yale University.

Students to test innovative paper airplane

Carnegie Mellon students in the mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering departments will have the opportunity to test fly the world’s most innovative paper aircraft, built by Guinness World Record paper-airplane flyer John Collins at the Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Expo.

Collins will usher in the second annual Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Expo with elaborate demos of flying machines made out of paper. Collins’ designs sprout from the ancient art of origami, and he works to create the most sleek, aerodynamic airplanes.

“These exciting paper airplane demos are a great way to better understand aerodynamics and to focus attention on the environment in which we work and play,” said Jayon Wang, a senior mechanical engineering major and the leader of Carnegie Mellon’s chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Expo will be held on April 24 from 4–6 p.m. in Rangos 2 and 3 in the University Center. The event showcases the best environmental research and sustainability projects occurring across Carnegie Mellon’s campus.