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.
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