Breaking Update:  San Diego State University’s Aztec Energy Design Build enjoyed placing 2nd  in the National Green Energy Challenge and won first place for their Poster Presentation. Iowa State placed 1st with Colorado State placing 3rd.

    The team comprised of Charles Plank, Norberto Ruvalcaba Aaron Nickovich, Masha Volhina, Gustavo Maldonado Ryan Badertscher and Keith Walsh, provided the audience with a full power point presentation of a virtual project that described a green energy retrofit of local Kearny High School Gymnasium and sounding facilities. The team’s goal was not only to solve the environmental issues and reduce cost of operations of the project but, to also reach out to the student population in particular a ninth grade class already studying renewable energy. The college students quickly formed a relationship with the younger students and became mentors in hopes to continue a habit of sustainability with a future generation.

    We are proud to congratulate the stellar NECA/SDSU Aztec Energy Design Build Team and appreciate their dedication to renewable energy!


    The NECA/San Diego State University Student Chapter has been selected by ELECTRI International as one of three finalists to compete in the national 2014 Green Energy Challenge.  The Aztec Energy Design-Build team advance to the final round where they will represent the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) San Diego Chapter and San Diego State University in competition against the other finalists, Colorado State University and Iowa State University in Chicago on September 27th.  The competition included construction management and engineering students who actively participate in their university’s Student Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

    For the 2014 Competition, NECA Student Chapter teams were challenged to conduct a detailed analysis of a building and provide recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. The focus of the Challenge was to select a student use facility, conduct an energy audit of the building’s power and lighting systems, and design and propose a retrofit for both.  The NECA/SDSU team took the competition a step further, by identifying a project on the campus of Kearny High School and engaging a class of ninth grade students from the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design program (formally CTA).  The Aztec Energy Design-Build team’s final proposal also benefited by the involvement of industry partners; SDG&E, the California Center for Sustainable Energy, the San Diego Electrical Training Center and a host of NECA member electrical contractors.

    NECA/SDSU Aztec Energy Design-Build team members include:  Aaron Nickovich  Gustavo Maldonado  Norberto Ruvalcaba, Tim McElwee, Charles Plank, Masha Volhina, Ryan Badertscher and Keith Walsh

    Team Advisers:

    NECA Student Chapter Faculty Advisor- Thais da C.L. Alves PH.D. Associate Professor San Diego State University- Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.   J.R. Filanc Construction Engineering and Management Program

    Karen Prescott-Loeffler San Diego NECA


    About ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc. is the primary research arm of the electrical construction industry. Foundation research helps to improve the productivity, professionalism, and competitiveness of electrical contractors.

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