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Three  Penn State students (wearing matching blue t-shirts) lay brochures about their team's home on a bench.  One student gives another a "bear hug" when they learn they won third-place in the 2007 Solar Decathlon Communication contest.

Working hard on their communications activities, Penn State students spread the word about sustainability. Here, they show their elation at bringing home a third-place finish in that contest.

Solar Decathlon 2007


Twenty teams of college and university students competed in the 2007 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 October 3, 2007. 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 the 2002 and 2005 Solar Decathlon events.

Following is a list of the 20 teams for the 2007 Solar Decathlon. If you would like to contact a team, use the contact information provided. Links to more information about each are also provided.

Carnegie Mellon University

Attn: Stephen R. Lee
Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture
MMCH 415
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.268.3528

Cornell University

Attn: Matt Ulinski
B27 Upson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607.254.6365

Georgia Institute of Technology

Attn: Chris Jarrett
College of Architecture
Architecture Program
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.4885

Kansas Project Solar House

(Kansas State University and University of Kansas)

Attn: R. Todd Gabbard
211 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-2901
Phone: 785.532.1129

Lawrence Technological University

Attn: Philip Plowright
LTU, College of Architecture & Design
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075-1058
Phone: 517.203.6131

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Attn: Kurt Keville
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building NE47-400
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617.324.6422

New York Institute of Technology

Attn: Thomas Rochon
1855 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212.261.1629

Penn State

Attn: David R. Riley
Department of Architectural Engineering
104 Engineering Unit A
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814.863.2079

Santa Clara University

Attn: Jorge E. Gonzalez
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408.554.4459

Team Montréal

(École de Technologie Supérieure, Université de Montréal, McGill University)

Attn: Hughes Rivard
1100 Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal, Quebec, Canada, H3C 1K3
Phone: 514.396.8667

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Attn: Manfred Hegger
Department of Architecture
El-Lissitzky-Str. 1
D-64287 Darmstadt, Germany
Phone: ++49-6151-16 20 46

Texas A&M University

Attn: Pliny Fisk
College of Architecture - 3137 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3137
Phone: 979.458.4124

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Attn: José Manuel Paéz Borrallo
CEDINT, ETSI Telecomunicacíon, Ciudad Univesitaría s/n
Madrid, Spain 28040
Phone: +34 (91) 5495700 x8012

Universidad de Puerto Rico

Attn: Rafael A. Olivencia-Martínez
College of Business Administration
P.O. Box 9009
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 00681-9009
Phone: 787.832.4040 x5361

University of Cincinnati

Attn: Dale L. Murray
ML #0016 Aronoff 6415-A
PO Box 0016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
Phone: 513.556.1524

University of Colorado at Boulder

Attn: Michael Brandemuehl
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Eng.
428 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0428
Phone: 303.492.8594

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Attn: Ty Newell
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
1206 W. Green St, Rm 158
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217.333.1655

University of Maryland

Attn: Amy Gardner
School of Architecture
and Dr. Kaye Brubaker
A. James Clark School of Engineering
College Park, MD 20741-1411
Phone: 301.405.6303

University of Missouri-Rolla

Attn: Stuart W. Baur
1870 Miner Circle, 329 Butler-Carlton Hall
Rolla, MO 65409
Phone: 573.341.7236

University of Texas at Austin

Attn: Samantha Randall
1 University Station, B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1160
Phone: 512.466.9298