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Engineering Student Team Impresses at Department of Energy Race to Zero Competition

Team Rising Up, a multi-disciplinary team of students from the University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE), is back after participating, and impressing, at this year’s Department of Energy’s (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition.

The event took place April 20–22, at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo., where the UMCoE team and other finalists presented their projects to a panel of judges.

UMCoE’s team included Alec Jimenez (BSAE ’18), Qianyun Ding (MSAE ’19), Esther Clode (BSME ’20), Sophia Delgado (BSIE ’18) and Jovanni Rabelo (BSME ’18). Together they collaborated on and presented their design for an innovative and affordable home concept, which is not only a net zero energy home, but also is resilient and adaptive to sea level rise.

“I had a great experience working on the Race to Zero project with my team to create a house that consumes as much energy as it produces without losing any of the normal comforts,” says Delgado, a senior in the CoE’s Department of Industrial Engineering. “Designing and creating for a real-world problem, instead of an assignment, is a very rewarding experience.”

Delgado adds, “The project is a testament to the hard work, perseverance and interdisciplinary collaboration of our team. With the guidance of our UMCoE professors, we strived to create the most innovative zero-energy affordable urban single family residence possible.”

Esber Andiroglu, an associate professor in practice in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, notes that the students’ design “received some very positive” from the DOE Race to Zero jury.

Andiroglu adds, “The jury highlighted the design’s innovative concept for daylighting and its unique exterior aesthetic. Additionally, judges commended the team for the overall design of their model and their excellent use of 3D printing.”

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