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Engineering Students Finalists for DOE Race to Zero Design Competition

A multi-disciplinary team of students from the University of Miami College of Engineering’s (UMCoE) have been selected as finalists for the 2018 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition.

Alec Jimenez (BSAE ’18), Qianyun Ding (MSAE ’19), Esther Clode (BSME ’20), Sophia Delgado (BSIE ’18) and Jovanni Rabelo (BSME ’18), are collaborating on 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. The UMCoE team is one of eight finalists selected out of a total of 84 teams participating globally.

“I am honored and truly excited to congratulate you on being selected one of these finalists,” says Sam Rashkin, Race to Zero director. “We believe you represent the future for the construction industry. One that is ready to integrate critical building science skills in design, engineering, sustainability, and construction.”

The Race to Zero is an annual competition, open to students and faculty from any interested collegiate institutions in the United States and Canada. The competition is based upon a real-world scenario where a builder needs to update an existing product line (house plan) to a high-performance house design or is developing a new high performance home product line. Teams are posed with a specific design problem and are asked to either redesign an existing floor plan or create a new house design that satisfies the project requirements. The mandatory performance target is the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home specifications.

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