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As the team leader of the 2019 Solar Decathlon team at Virginia Tech, we won first place in the attached housing division and the overall grand jury prize for the competition. Our project, TreeHAUS, is a net-positive, regenerative attached housing project inspired by the way trees collect and distribute resources in the forest. The goal of the project is to strengthen the surrounding municipality byimagining the building as a cooperative constituent of its contextual ecology. The TreeHAUS will harness energy from the sun, harvest water from the rain, and cycle resources and information throughout its community in the same way that plants and trees do in nature. This is a short film describing some more background of the project that we made for the first annual Solar Decathlon Film Festival.

 
 

An aesthetic approach to vertical-axis wind turbines designed as a productive alternative to replace kinetic sculptures in parks and other public spaces while producing energy for the community. The sculpture consists of aluminum, steel, and polycarbonate plastic.

This Vibro-wind project was my undergraduate research and uses the principle of bluff-body vortex shedding to generate energy from the wind. It was designed to mount to the sides of buildings to aesthetically visualize wind patterns while producing power. Foam oscillators convert the kinetic energy of the wind into usable electrical energy via piezoelectric cantilevers.

New York Times Magazine selected Vibro-Wind Power for their '2010 Year in Ideas' innovation issue.