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Alternative Energy Design Competition

January 28, 2011 — The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) student organization is sponsoring a student design competition for an alternative energy sculpture.  The competition is open to all UW students in an effort to solicit a larger number and variety of entries and the registration deadline is March 4 with entries due by April 4. The purpose of a local student design competition is to give students the experience of designing and building a “real” project. The alternative energy element will serve as a demonstration to the community of the creative possibilities inherent with green technologies. Those who have done much traveling recently might have noticed an emergence of digital or electronic sculptures in public spaces.  The intent is to have the digital or mechanical elements powered by the sun, directly linking electricity use to solar availability (you can imagine the potential for creativity).

Per Jon Gardzelewski, Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, “we currently have donated solar panels along with a promised inverter, and will solicit material donations after the winning design(s) has been chosen.” 

Judging of designs will be done by a team of local and regional architects, engineers, and building professionals. Entries will be judged equally on creativity, public enjoyment, and constructability and cost. Top awards will be given in these three categories including an overall winner and two runners up. The competition will also provide for both AEI students and the general public to vote for additional awards. Any students who might be interested should contact Jon at (307) 766-4224 or by e-mail at In addition, if you are a faculty member and are interested in being a juror, please contact Jon.


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