BU Students Invited to Devise Real-Life Solutions, Win Cash at Smart Lighting Challenge

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March 14th, 2011

10-2748-PHOLABS-323Next month, BU undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate in the Smart Lighting Challenge, an engineering design and business strategy competition in which they can win cash prizes.

Students will devise real-life improvements to the design, manufacturing process and product strategy for emerging solid state lighting technologies under development at the BU Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. Four-person teams will assume the role of product developer and have two weeks to prepare their 15-minute presentation to convince a panel of judges of faculty, alumni, and venture capital and industry professionals to adopt their strategy.

The competition is ideal for students with an interest in energy, entrepreneurship, operations, engineering design and technology. No prior Smart Lighting expertise or technical knowledge is required, and all background information will be provided. The first place prize awards $1,000, second place is $400, and third place is $200.

The judging and presentations will take place on Saturday, April 9 at an event including dinner, networking, and a keynote address by Dr.Bob Karlicek, Director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

To learn more about the Smart Lighting Challenge, please join the BU Energy Club at an information session on March 24 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in PHO 201. Students will be able to enjoy pizza, have their questions answered, and sign up a four-person group or join an existing team. If students are unable to attend, please visit http://www.bu.edu/smartlighting/smart-lighting-challenge-student-information/ or email buenergy@bu.edu by March 28.

The Smart Lighting Challenge is hosted by the Boston University Energy Club and sponsored by Chevron, the BU Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, the BU Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative, and the BU Center for Information and Systems Engineering.

Kathrin Havrilla