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Hitch up the tiny house: Students head to SMUD contest

Recently, SMUD challenged 10 California collegiate teams to design and build affordable, livable, and innovative net-zero energy homes on trailers.  These houses are no more than 400 square feet and cost less than $25,000 in materials.  Our Sac State team is led by Dr. Rustin Vogt in Mechanical Engineering but is comprised of students, faculty, and alumni from Mechanical Engineering, Construction Management, and Civil Engineering.

Teams were vying for $30,000 in prizes and were judged on criteria such as architectural design, energy efficiency, home life, and communications.  Student teams conducted public tours of their tiny houses Saturday, October 15th, during the free Tiny House Energy Showcase at Cosumnes River College where the winners were announced.  The Hornet team won “best bathroom design” and finished in fifth place.

In addition to Sac State, the competitors are: Chico State, Fresno State, Cosumnes River College, Laney College, College of the Sequoias, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, San Jose City College, and UC Santa Cruz/Cabrillo College.

SMUD's updated news article has full results and pictures of each Tiny House: SMUD Tiny House Competition

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Meet the Dean, Dr. Lorenzo M. Smith

Dr. Lorenzo M. Smith, DeanDr. Lorenzo M. Smith, Dean

Dr. Lorenzo M. Smith graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1991, earning his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Soon afterward, he accepted a full-time engineering position at Ford Motor Company where he primarily engaged in research and development in the fasteners engineering section. While a full time employee at Ford Motor Company, he worked on his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University, graduating in 1993. Following his long-term plan, Dr. Smith left Ford Motor Company to pursue a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics at Michigan State University. After completing all required course work by 1996, Dr. Smith accepted a sheet metal formability analyst position at General Motors Corporation. While at General Motors, Dr. Smith completed his dissertation titled “Solid Finite Elements for Sheet Metal Forming Simulation” and graduated from Michigan State University, earning his Ph.D. in 1999.

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