Sunday, October 18, 2015

NJ Stevens students shine in national energy competition


Those smart engineering students at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken made their school and New Jersey proud this week by capturing first place in a prestigious national Department of Energy competition.

Laura Herzog of NJ Advance Media reports that the winning entry was a "futuristic, hurricane-resistant and energy-efficient coastal home that was inspired by Hurricane Sandy and Hoboken's long history of flooding."

"We were very hopeful that we were going to get first," said graduate engineering student A.J. Elliott, 24, soon after the official win was announced Saturday afternoon.

"We think this really sparks the conversation as an alternative to raising homes up on stilts. We're certainly going to be doing more research at Stevens, continued research on coastal resilience, and we hope that more people continue (to do research)."

Dozens of students, with guidance from faculty, built the home to withstand Hurricane-force winds and flooding. Named the "Sure House," their design won top honors this week at the 2015 competition in Irvine, California.

The prestigious competition charged the "best and brightest minds from around the world to create innovative, highly energy-efficient homes that will change how we build," U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement.

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