HAMPTON, Va. (April 1, 2020) – Students from the Hampton University Departments of Architecture and Electrical Engineering participated in a National JUMP into STEM competition at the Oakridge National Renewable Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at the end of January. The Hampton team presented so well that they received internship opportunities at the ORNL and the National Renewable Energy Laboratories.
“Congratulations to the young men and women who comprised our team. We are proud of this group of talented students for continuing to illustrate THE Standard of Excellence that our students display daily. Their performance is further proof of the world-class education they receiving from our amazing faculty here at Hampton University,” said Dr. William R. Harvey.
Under the guidance of two Architecture professors – Dr. Jeehwan Lee and Professor Laura Battaglia – students Jai Huntley, Jarrett Thomas and Amir Azerjerdian crafted an innovative idea about using a new gaming device that would create awareness around energy efficiency reward behavior with Pirate Bucks incentives.
The team’s proposal, titled “Human-Centered Gaming Interface using Artificial Intelligence in College Dormitories,” advanced to the final round of the competition where students from across the nation presented their ideas to a panel of experts. Although the team presented flawlessly, first place went to the teams from Georgia Tech and Clark Atlanta University. Despite the stiff competition including teams from Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and many others, the Hampton team presented so well that they received prestigious internship opportunities.
The Hampton team proposal was based on a series of literature reviews, a statistical survey, and a graphical conceptualization, aiming at observation and understanding of the general energy use patterns, the importance of behavioral motivations, and the quality of thermal comfort.
“JUMP into STEM is the 3rd building science course at Hampton University where Dr. Lee and I have encouraged engineering and architecture students to be an interdisciplinary team. The JUMP into STEM competition provided us a targeted research agenda which encouraged collaboration and innovation,” said Battaglia. “As an assistant professor of architecture and a practicing licensed architect, I believe that this type of education is vitally important. Architectural practice has become research oriented and demands that designers understand how to move flexibility between different modes of problem solving.”
“I had a wonderful time traveling to Tennessee with Professor Battaglia and my classmate, Jarrett. Our conversations during the drive and our stay were random and interesting, allowing us to learn a lot about each other,” said Huntley. “Despite me leaving my professional shoes in Virginia, and having to present in tennis shoes, this presentation was one of my favorites. We were comfortable with our material and engaged the audience. I’m excited about being offered a summer internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, and I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”
Hampton plans to participate in next year’s JUMP into STEM competition.