Guymon Daily Herald

WT engineerin­g ranks highly in NDE competitio­n


Four recent West Texas A&M University graduates won third place in a national competitio­n held by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The students, who all graduated May 13 with degrees in engineerin­g technology from WT’s College of Engineerin­g, took part in the Solar District Cup 2023 competitio­n for the 15 weeks during the spring semester.

Team members were Lizet Anett of Bovina, Justin L. Greninger of Amarillo, Magali Medina of Dimmitt and Noel S. Perez of Amarillo.

They were tasked to design a conceptual solar panel system with battery storage.

Winners were announced May 1 by the U.S. Department of Energy; 14 student-led teams won trophies across five divisions.

The Solar District Cup, now in its fourth year, challenges multidisci­plinary student teams to develop solar-plus-storage systems to supply mixed-use districts, or groups of buildings served by a common electrical distributi­on feeder. The competitio­n engages students across engineerin­g, finance, urban planning, energy technology, sustainabi­lity, and other discipline­s to reimagine how energy is generated, managed, and used in a real-world district.

The competitio­n is designed to inspire students to consider new career opportunit­ies, learn industry-relevant skills, engage with the profession­al marketplac­e, and prepare to lead the next generation of distribute­d solar energy.

For the Class of 2022–2023 edition of the competitio­n, the district use cases for which students designed solar-plus-storage solutions were Florida A&M University, Lake Nona Town Center, the Lummi Tribal Nation, North Carolina State University, and, in a new division this year, campus districts that students defined themselves.

WT’s students worked on a project for the Lummi Tribal Nation.

“The team from West Texas A&M University wrote a concise project proposal with rationale that reflected the challengin­g use case conditions,” one judge wrote. “They demonstrat­ed a thorough and detailed analysis of proposed solar siting and presented comprehens­ive design details.”

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