Missouri University of Science and Technology:
A Global Leader In Sustainable Solar Design
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The Missouri S&T Solar House Team is a student design team that seeks to better the University, community, and environment through focused research, public education, and sustainable design and to expand team members' knowledge regarding group dynamics and the integration of architecture and technology with dwelling space design and function while familiarizing members with product development, marketing, and business skills through self-administration of business duties necessary to run the team which will prepare members for leadership roles in industry.
Once again, Missouri S&T has been selected to be one of the twenty (20) teams to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Missouri S&T has built four solar houses for previous competitions, which were all held in Washington, D.C. In 2013, the Solar Decathlon will be hosted by the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. No dates were announced, but the competitions are usually held every two years in the fall. The Missouri S&T Solar House Team is finishing its designs and will begin building their 1,000-square-foot house on campus property this summer. "We are trying to focus on engineering, energy efficiencies and adaptable living - with moveable parts, including a grid wall, adjustable solar panels and transforming furniture," says Eric Mullis, a sophomore in computer engineering from St. Louis. All of the teams must ship their houses (and, of course, solar panels) to the contest site, where they are then reassembled. The houses are evaluated by judges in 10 categories.
Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engagement (OSE3)
Angela B. Rolufs, Director
Missouri University of Science and Technology
210 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall
Rolla, Missouri 65409
Web Site: www.ose3.mst.edu/index.html