Solar Decathlon 2013 Construction is Under Way

Professor Melany Hunt

Professor Melany Hunt

Last year a group of students in an engineering project course called Introduction to Multidisciplinary Systems Engineering, taught by Professor Melany Hunt, began planning for the Dynamic Augmented Living Environment (DALE), a joint SCI-Arc/Caltech entry in the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition. This type of multidisciplinary and collaborative experience is important for Caltech students, notes Hunt. "Engineering students need experiences in which they design, create, build, and test," she says. "They also should have opportunities in which they work as part of a team. Most engineering projects require multiple perspectives with input coming from a range of individuals with different expertise and vision." [Caltech Release] [LA Times Article]

Recent Caltech graduates Zeke Millikan ('13, mechanical engineering) and Ella Seal ('13, mechanical engineering) in front of DALE at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.

Recent Caltech graduates Zeke Millikan ('13, mechanical engineering) and Ella Seal ('13, mechanical engineering) in front of DALE at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.

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