Solar energy project wins first prize in energy competition
A team with two CEE students and an alumna won the $100,000 first prize in the ConocoPhillips Energy Prize last month, beating about 150 competitors from around the country. CEE doctoral student Matthew Orosz led Team STG, which plans to use solar energy to provide heat, hot water and electricity for schools and clinics in the developing world. Doctoral student Amy Mueller and alumna Elizabeth Wayman ’04, S.M. ’06 (mechanical engineering) are members of the team, which also won the MIT Ideas Competition in 2005. Professor Harold Hemond is research advisor to Orosz and Mueller and has been involved in developing the science and technology behind the pilot project in Lesotho. Read a news story.