Calling Students: Consider Smart/Connected Solutions for Building Performance

Oak Ridge National Lab expands JUMP into STEM, opening challenges for all University and College students to join in the competition. Students in all disciplines, including architecture, engineering, and computational sciences, are invited to participate in considering the key motivators for residential and commercial building owners to manage their energy use.

Awards to Win

During the 2018-2019 student calendar year, there will be a series of JUMP into STEM “What if” Challenges. Eligible students with the winning responses will be invited to participate in a JUMP into STEM Finalist Event to compete for the Grand Finalist Award: a 2019 paid summer internship. Additionally, eligible winners of each Challenge may be invited to collaborate on a JUMP into STEM webinar to present on their idea, and considered for future R&D collaboration.

Seminar Series to Foster Ideation

A “What If” Challenge is currently open: “Connecting the Right Data at the Right Time to Improve Residential Building Performance.”  This Challenge is supported with a Webinar Seminar Series:

Webinar 1, August 8th: Using Data to Characterize a Home’s Energy Use. Panelists Maddy Salzmanfrom the US DOE Home Energy Score program and Sandy Adomatis, a green valuation expert, will present on challenges and lessons learned in using data on a home’s energy use to motivate homeowner action.

Register for Webinar 1

Webinar 2, September 5th: Demographics to Understand our Energy UsersPanelists Suzanne Shelton, president and CEO of Shelton Group – the nation’s leading marketing communications agency focused exclusively on energy and the environment, and Elizabeth Palchak, behavior science and energy use consultant for the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, will present on application of demographic data to understand occupant behaviors and motivations.

Register Link for Webinar 2

Webinar 3:  Beta Tests and Data Analytics to Identify Key Motivatorswith speaker Omar Issac Asensio, Assistant Professor and Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. 

Date:TBD, late August, early September.

ORNL announces winner of the JUMP into STEM pilot

In the spirit of rapid start-ups – ORNL partnered with the University of Tennessee (UT) to design and issue two unique challenges for the College of Architecture + Design (CAD) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) students. The topics: additive manufacturing challenging students to exploit 3D printing capabilities to aid design of molds for precast concrete; and an alternative thermal management challenge calling for the design of a bench-top anisotropic composite and a heat sink system for residential walls.

In just 10 short weeks, the JUMP into STEM initiative engaged over 150 students and selected three student team finalists. These Finalists: Team Schuyler, represented by Schuyler Daniel, Cameron Davis, and Kati Grostefon; Team Nicolo, represented by Nicolo Franceschetti; and Team Gallagher, represented by Charles Gallagher, each presented their final projects for an award of a 10-week paid summer internship at ORNL. Team Nicolo’s concept for 3-D Printed Mold Sandwich System rose to the top, winning the invitation to intern at ORNL’s Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) this summer.

The JUMP into STEM competitions will continue with an online “What if” Challenge, open to all students and innovators to participate in considering the key motivators for residential and commercial building owners to manage their energy use. This fall, look for more STEM engagement opportunities from BTO and ORNL with new competitive awards for paid internships and R&D collaborative opportunities.

Join in and help inspire more students to be a part of STEM field activities.