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Competing in the 2011 Solar Decathlon

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Interdisciplinary Education in Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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25.335.1 - 25.335.10



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William Hutzel Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Bill Hutzel is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, where he teaches and conducts research into high performance buildings. He was the lead Faculty Advisor for Purdue's second place entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon.

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Mark Shaurette Purdue University

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Mark Shaurette is Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette. He has a B.B.C.N. in building construction from University of Florida, 1975, a M.S. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980, and a Ph.D. from the College of Technology, Purdue University, 2007. The long-term goal of Shaurette’s research is to pursue opportunities in the area of energy conservation, sustainable construction practices, material reuse and recycling, as well as emerging communication technologies for education and construction practice. His work experience includes 30+ years of senior construction management practice and work as a Research Engineer for the National Association of Home Builders Research Foundation.

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Brian William Loss J.D. Purdue University

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Brian William Loss came to Purdue from industry where he operated an electrical contracting business. He has been a licensed electrical contractor. Loss has a B.A. from Elmhurst College and a juris doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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Kevin Rodgers LEED AP Purdue University

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Kevin Rodgers is a second year graduate student in the College of Technology at Purdue University. He also holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering Technology from Purdue. While at Purdue, Rodgers narrowed his focus and interests toward sustainability in residential and commercial buildings with a specific research interest in passive design.
Most recently, Rodgers held the Project Manager position for Purdue’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, where he was responsible for guiding the efforts of close to 200 students on designing and constructing a net-zero solar powered residential home. One innovative feature of the home is a biofiltration system that Rodgers designed, which is incorporated into the home’s HVAC system and helps filter contaminants and improve indoor air quality, while potentially offering energy savings.

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Competing in the 2011 Solar Decathlon The Solar Decathlon is a high-profile international competition sponsored by the U.S.Department of Energy where university students design, build, and demonstrate solar poweredhomes that are fully operational and cost effective. It is held every other year and has drawn inexcess of 300,000 spectators plus significant national and international media coverage. Thisproject is large and complex, even for a research university where students routinely participatein a variety of national and international competitions. Students have two years to make thehome a reality, but the project encompasses far more than design and construction. Tasks likefundraising, public relations, marketing, and logistics are also significant efforts. In fact, theteamwork aspect of the Solar Decathlon might be one of the lasting legacies of the project.Students and faculty from nearly a dozen different departments that wouldn’t normally haveclose collaborations are working together to get this project accomplished. This paper willdiscuss one team’s strategy for competing successfully and provide insight about what outcomesother universities can expect by participating in this event.

Hutzel, W., & Shaurette, M., & Loss, B. W., & Rodgers, K. (2012, June), Competing in the 2011 Solar Decathlon Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21093

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