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Kadee Mardula, SCU '11

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

Junior Kadee Mardula is involved in many clubs, organizations, and committees on campus—many of them sustainability oriented. Originally from Park City, Utah, Mardula is a mechanical engineer major.

As Communications Lead for Team California, the 2009 Solar Decathlon team comprised of students from Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts, Mardula is responsible for marketing, communication, and public relations aspects of the project. Since she’s an engineer, however, she has been able to communicate with project stakeholders on a more technical level. She will travel to Washington, D.C. for the competition to help with behind the scenes work, including helping to prepare food for two dinners parties hosted by the Refract House. Mardula explained that one of the ten contests is Home Entertainment, designed to demonstrate that solar powered houses can also provide the comforts of “home,” such as sharing meals with friends and family. Each team holds two dinner parties for neighbors, where guests award the host team points based on the quality of the meal, ambiance, and overall experience. For their dinner parties, Team California plans to prepare dishes from recipes provided by a local favorite: Café Gratitude.

Although the Solar Decathlon has been taking up a lot of her time recently, Mardula is also very involved in other student organizations. She is president of Engineers Without Borders, a professional organization of engineers committed to teaching basic engineering skills to others in underdeveloped countries so that they can help themselves. The group of approximately 15 students is hoping to plan a trip during spring break. In the meantime, they have been working on a local level by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Walden West Outdoor Science School program, and Girls Go Tech.

Additionally, Mardula served on the CyPhi Community Council, has led two Search Retreats, was webmaster for SCAAP during the 2008-2009 school year, has job with the SCU Office of Institutional Research, and is Vice-President of Every Two Minutes, the all-women’s sexual assault awareness and outreach program.

Mardula loves to spend time outdoors, especially hiking or camping. She also enjoys yoga and reading in her down time.

Written by Jennifer Gore, Sustainability Intern, '09.

Tags: Energy, Profiles, SCU Alumni, Student Life



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