USA Science & Engineering Festival

UT Arlington graduate students Shirish Rao and Hadis Anahideh from Industrial Engineering, Hoda Rahimi from Civil Engineering, and Takuma Mitani from Architecture were awarded a People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Phase I grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Pictured below are Takuma, Hoda, Hadis, and Shirish.

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This student competition grant provided funding to showcase their research using decision analytics in green building design at the EPA’s 14th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo.   The UT Arlington student team and IMSE faculty mentor Victoria Chen participated in the expo, which was held April 7-8 at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC.

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Their exhibit, entitled Better Buildings for Sustainability, included hands-on activities, software demonstrations, and Takuma’s own balsa wood building model.


About 500 kids and adults kept them busy at their booth.  Kids were challenged to build a stable structure with toothpicks and mini-marshmallows, and the best structures were kept on display at the booth.