The Outcome of the 1st Annual Dept. of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition

Posted: Wednesday, May 14th 2014 at 8:28 AM

Pre-event news coverage HERE. NAU Team Website HERE.

Monday, May 5, 2014 the team from Northern Arizona University composed of students from engineering, business, environmental science, and political science participated in the first annual Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition in Las Vegas. The team's concept was to use micro-wind turbine portable devices to power cellphones and laptops after hurricanes or tornadoes when winds are still strong. NAU submitted their proposal to the DOE in January of 2013 and was selected as one of the ten teams for the inaugural competition.

The FCB business students on the team were from Frank Spitznogle's fall MGT 435 and spring Independent Study classes and were responsible for the Business Plan side. Spitznogle is an Entrepreneur in Residence/assistant professor in The W. A. Franke College of Business.

The NAU team  placed in two non-testing categories:
3rd place – Engineering Design Review
2nd place – Market Issues Presentation

"They did great work and it was an exciting competition," said Karin Wadsack, Project Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Solutions.

Spitznogle stated that “over a period of 8 months 50 Mechanical/Electrical engineering and FCB students were able to work very well together on a very challenging task.”  

Pre-event video coverage:


The Collegiate Wind Competition team

The ten competing universities

Frank Spitznogle, looking forward


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