SIPI engineering students soar

Aug 15th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-1: Communicating Yesterday's Stories Today, Tribal College News

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI, Albuquerque, NM) students Wendi Cole, Audrianna West, Wallace Dale, and Ernest Gorman, along with faculty members Dr. Nader Vadiee and James Dunn, attended the first Arizona State University (ASU)-University of New Mexico (UNM) Solar Decathlon team meeting, held at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning.

UNM and ASU have recently been selected one of 20 teams to participate in Solar Decathlon 2013, and they have invited SIPI engineering students to join them. SIPI students will work with UNM and ASU students to incorporate Native American heritage into the design work.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solarpowered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winning team will have best blended affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. For more information, go to http://www.solardecathlon. gov/index.html.

Among all tribal colleges this year, SIPI engineering students grabbed the highest number of 2012 NASA Summer Research Experience positions. The five SIPI students awarded internship positions are Carl Little, Wallace Dale, Cody Horne, Vincent Watkins, and Kevin Blackhorse.

In spring 2012, the SIPI Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) design team successfully submitted its final design (Mayan Calendar) to the 2012 Sandia National Laboratories University Alliance Design Competition. The team, a true example of a VIP ROSE STEM-Team (Vertically Integrated Pyramid for Research, Outreach, and Student Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) included: Dr. Nader Vadiee (project faculty advisor/coordinator, SIPI), Dr. Massoud Ahgar (SIPI), Dr. Zayd Leseman (faculty advisor, UNM), Dr. Matt Pleil (faculty advisor, UNM), James Dunn (project manager, SIPI), Arash Mousavi (graduate student, UNM), Andrew Ian Young (graduate student, UNM), Vince Watkins (engineering student, SIPI), Willie Stephens (engineering student, SIPI), and Micah John (engineering student, SIPI).

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