As Sacramento State's Team Solar NEST prepares to take its solar-powered Reflect Home to Southern California to compete against 13 other universities from around the world in Solar Decathlon 2015, the driving forces behind Sac State's project will showcase the home in a free public lecture Thursday, Sept. 24, at the University Union.
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Lecture by Professor Mikael Anderson and Assistant Professor Gareth Figgess on "The Reflect Home: Using Solar Energy to Power the New American Home" will detail the student team's work since Sac State was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for the competition.
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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