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Sac State student team shines at global Solar Decathlon 2015

A team of 80 Sacramento State students and alumni brought world-class skills in sustainable technology onto a global stage at the U.S. Energy Department’s Solar Decathlon 2015, finishing 10th from among the 140 schools that applied to take part in the competition.

With its state-of-the-art, two-bedroom Reflect Home, built on campus and transported to the decathlon in Irvine, Sac State was competing in its first Solar Decathlon against a number of universities with more contest experience and deeper pockets. The results of Team Solar NEST’s determination shone in a number of judging areas, with a perfect score for commuting (using an electric car) and very high marks for appliances, home life, affordability, and market appeal.

“We set out two years ago with a lofty goal and very specific objectives, and I couldn’t be more proud of the results,” says Mikael Anderson, chair of the Department of Construction Management, which led the project that also involved Mechanical Engineering, Interior Architecture, and Communication Studies. “The students and faculty who responded to our call made this project possible. … Our team is proud to have completed this journey.”

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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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