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Santa Clara Engineers Win Big in DC!

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2012

Santa Clara University student engineers took top honors April 23 in the US Environmental Protection Agency's P3 Award competition, a national student design competition for sustainability focusing on people, prosperity and the planet.

In a field of 45 competitors, SCU undergraduate teammates Sandeep Lele,  Michael Sizemore, Sutyen Zalawadia (mechanical engineering), Ross Pimentel and Jeff Schwartz (electrical engineering) took 1st Place with their "Regenerative Fuel Cell for Off-Grid Renewable Energy Storage."  Following the tragic death last September of their mentor and original Investigator on the project, Daniel Strickland, electrical engineering professors Shoba Krishnan and Abdie Tabrizi took on the role of advisors on the project. Along with bragging rights, the team will receive $90,000 to advance their research.

Congratulations also to students Laughlin Barker, Darcy Marumoto, Matthew Neber, Criselle Olaes, and Joseph Valdez for earning Honorable Mention at the competiton for their work with Investigator and mechanical engineering professor Hohyun Lee on "Enhanced Solar Energy Harvest for Power Generation from Brayton Cycle. ”

As we celebrate a century of engineering excellence at Santa Clara University, we congratulate these Bronco engineers for their technical prowess in furthering sustainable energy research. Go, Broncos!

Read more about the teams here.

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