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San Diego State University NECA/SDSU Student Chapter, has been selected by ELECTRI International as one of three finalists to compete in the national 2014 Green Energy Challenge.

The Aztec Energy Design-Build team advance to the final round where they will represent the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) San Diego Chapter and San Diego State University in competition against the other finalists, Colorado State University and Iowa State University in Chicago on Sept. 27.

The competition included construction management and engineering students who actively participate in their university’s Student Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

For the 2014 Competition, NECA Student Chapter teams were challenged to conduct a detailed analysis of a building and provide recommendations for energy efficiency improvements.

The focus of the Challenge was to select a student use facility, conduct an energy audit of the building's power and lighting systems, and design and propose a retrofit for both.

The NECA/SDSU team took the competition a step further, by identifying a project on the campus of Kearny High School and engaging a class of ninth-grade students from the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design program (formally CTA).

The Aztec Energy Design-Build team’s final proposal also benefited by the involvement of industry partners; SDG&E, the California Center for Sustainable Energy, the San Diego Electrical Training Center and a host of NECA member electrical contractors.

NECA/SDSU Aztec Energy Design-Build team members include:

Aaron Nickovich

Gustavo Maldonado

Norberto Ruvalcaba

Tim McElwee

Charles Plank

Masha Volhina

Ryan Badertscher

Keith Walsh

Team Advisors:

NECA Student Chapter Faculty Advisor -- Thais da C.L. Alves PH.D. Associate Professor

San Diego State University -- Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.

Karen Prescott-Loeffler San Diego NECA

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