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Norwich University Receives Byron Stafford Award of Distinction

Monday, October 28, 2013

By Solar Decathlon

The Norwich University Solar Decathlon 2013 team received the Byron Stafford Award of Distinction at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Victory Reception on Oct. 12.Presented by Solar Decathlon Director Richard King’s wife, Melissa, the award is a tribute to Byron Stafford, who served as the event’s site operations manager from the first Solar Decathlon in 2002 until his death in May. A National Renewable Energy Laboratory senior scientist, Stafford was instrumental in formulating the competition rules and was dedicated to ensuring a safe competition and public exhibit. In 2009, his team installed the first Solar Decathlon village microgrid to distribute energy safely and reliably among the competition houses and to the utility grid.

Photo of Vivian Stafford shaking the hand of a Norwich University student at a reception.

Byron Stafford’s wife, Vivian, congratulates a Norwich University decathlete for the team’s receipt of the Byron Stafford Award of Distinction. (Credit: Melissa King/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

“Because of his amazing contributions to the Solar Decathlon, we remember Byron in words and deed,” said Melissa King. “Tonight, I want to recognize a team of decathletes that personifies all of Byron’s greatest qualities.”

She then announced Norwich University, creator of the Delta T-90 House, as the Solar Decathlon 2013 recipient of the Byron Stafford Award of Distinction for being “honest, caring, humble, intelligent, fair, reliable, steadfast, and genuine.”

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