NCEES Award Recognizes Solar Decathlon House Design

What: NCEES award presentation and celebration of Team Texas’ solar home

When: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29

Where: Chemistry and Computer Science / Engineering Courtyard

For the third consecutive year, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) will present an award to UTEP for a multidisciplinary project. 

The NCEES award was established to promote understanding of the value of licensure and to encourage partnerships between the engineering profession and education. Accredited programs from all engineering disciplines throughout the nation were invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.

The project, titled "The Multidisciplinary Design of a Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly and Affordable House," is the work of more than 100 UTEP and El Paso Community College (EPCC) students who made up Team Texas, which was challenged to design, build and operate a solar-powered home for the Department of Energy’s (DoE) 2013 Solar Decathlon.

“This year’s project took multidisciplinary to another level,” said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering. "The NCEES projects reflect the college's emphasis on engaging students in real-world, interdisciplinary experiences and the value of professional licensure."

Students worked with the assistance of faculty from UTEP and EPCC as well as licensed professional engineers and architects in the El Paso community. Participating colleges from UTEP included the College of Business Administration, the College of Science and the College of Liberal Arts.

The NCEES submission served as the basis for constructing the ADAPT home, the Team Texas entry into the Solar Decathlon. Team Texas was one of only 20 teams selected from hundreds of applicants for the competition.

"Working on this project, the students learned that engineers have a broader role than just providing solutions to technical problems. In a world that is constantly evolving, professional engineers are called to serve as stewards of our resources in order to preserve a healthy living community, and contribute to a better quality of life," said Carlos Chang Albitres, Ph.D., assistant professor of civil engineering.