Teams win seven awards at AEI Student Design Competition


Two teams of architectural engineering students received top honors in four of the five categories at the AEI Student Design Competition in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Organized by the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the contest challenged students to consider and address the design, integration, and construction necessary for a 17-story, mixed-use office building located on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

The competition emphasized the development and integration of innovation and original solutions to the design challenges, collaborations and peer reviews that architectural engineers will face - as each are critical to building design and construction.

The teams were judged in five categories including structural, mechanical and electrical systems design; building integration; and construction management and development. Teams were required to compete in integrated design and include sustainable design strategies in their projects in order to encourage collaboration and innovation.

Penn State won first place in four of the five categories and was runner-up in two categories.

Team Subsidium from Penn State won the structural and mechanical systems categories and received first place in the building integration category - the highest honor of the competition. Team members included Rachel Herrington, Stephen Polyniak, Doris Ho, Qi (Wendy) Jiang, Andrew Brouwers, Yoonsun (Rosemary) Hwang, Ethan Fogle and Hannah Noss.

Penn State's Genesis Design placed first in the construction management and development category and was runner-up in the structural and electrical systems design categories. The team also received the Innovation in Integration Award for integration with and impact on adjoining structures and public ways. Team members included Steven Butz, Eli Manges, Jennifer Gong, Michael Kolvek, Ryan Davie, Kaitlyn Gardner, Sebastian Jongerius and Nathan Bires.

M. Kevin Parfitt, professor of architectural engineering served as the teams' faculty adviser. The teams' technical advisers include Parfitt, Ryan Solnosky, research associate in architectural engineering; Craig Dubler, affiliate instructor in architectural engineering; Rick Mistrick, associate professor; and Moses Ling, associate professor of architectural engineering.

"Our students' success is due to their preparation, technical skills and dedication, along with the continued dedication of Kevin Parfitt," Ling said. In addition to his role as a technical adviser to the Penn State teams, Ling is currently serving a one-year term as the president of AEI.

A total of thirteen teams from eight architectural engineering programs submitted projects for the competition. Both graduate and undergraduate students in accredited architectural engineering program sand program actively seeking accreditation by EAC/ABET may participate in the competition with supervision and advisement by a faculty member.

ASCE, the oldest national engineering society, was founded in 1852 and represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide. AEI, an institute within ASCE, was established in 1998 as the premier organization for architectural engineering. It provides its more than 8,000 members with timely technical information, professional advocacy, continuing education and opportunities to excel in their chosen careers.


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