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Members of the Maryland and Colorado teams became good neighbors and friends during Solar Decathlon 2002.

Solar Decathlon 2005


Eighteen teams of college and university students competed in the 2005 Solar Decathlon. The students and their amazing work took center stage on the National Mall in the nation's capital. Teams began assembly of their "solar village" on the Mall on September 29, 2005. Teams are made up of students pursuing degrees in engineering, architecture, computer science, public relations, marketing, and other disciplines. Just like the Olympic decathletes, they need to draw on all of their strengths and skills to troubleshoot, communicate, dream, and build these original solar homes. So, having a well-balanced team—rather than a team with just one or two stars—is an asset.

While the teams are in heated competition, they also borrow equipment, compare notes, and learn from each other. Some teams will draw on the experience of their predecessors who competed in Solar Decathlon 2002, the inaugural event.

Following is a list of the 18 teams for the 2005 Solar Decathlon. If you would like to contact a team, use the contact information provided. Links to more information about each are also provided.

California Polytechnic State University

Prof. Rob Peña
Architecture Department
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Canadian Solar Decathlon

(Concordia University and Université de Montréal)

Prof. Andreas K. Athienitis
1257 Rue Guy
Montréal, Quebec
H3G 1M8, Canada
514-848-2424, ext. 8791

Cornell University

Prof. Zellman Warhaft
244 Upson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

Crowder College

Prof. Art D. Boyt
601 Laclede Avenue
Neosho, MO 64850

Florida International University

Prof. Yong X. Tao, PhD
College of Engineering, EC 3445
10555 W Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33174

New York Institute of Technology

Prof. Michele Bertomen
School of Architecture and Design
The Manhattan Campus
1855 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

Pittsburgh Synergy

(Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh)

Prof. Stephen Lee
5000 Forbes Avenue, MMCH 415
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Rhode Island School of Design

Jonathan R. Knowles
Department of Architecture
2 College Street
Providence, RI 02903

Universidad de Puerto Rico

Dr. Gerson Beauchamp
Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.
Room S-224
Stefani Building
Mayagüez, PR 00681
787-832-4040, x 2502

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Prof. Estefanía Caamaño Martin
Instituto de Energìa Solar
E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación
Ciudad Universitaria s/n
28040 Madrid (España)
+34 91 336-7234

University of Colorado, Denver and Boulder

Prof. Julee Herdt
ENVD Building
Campus Box 314
Boulder, CO 80309-0314

University of Maryland

Dr. Kaye L. Brubaker
Civil & Env. Engineering
College Park, MD 20742

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Gerald Lemay, PhD, PE
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

University of Michigan

John E. Beeson
University of Michigan
512 Hiscock St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

University of Missouri-Rolla and Rolla Technical Institute

Jeff Birt
1870 Miner Circle
Rolla, MO 65409

University of Texas at Austin

Prof. Michael Garrison
Goldsmith Hall
Austin, TX 78712

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Robert P. Schubert
202 Cowgill Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Washington State University

Prof. Matthew Taylor
P.O. Box 642220
Pullman, WA 99164-2220