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Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment Archive

Guin Thi: Finding ‘home’ on Appalachian’s campus

By Kesha Williams

BOONE, N.C.—By the time she arrived on campus, ready to begin her college journey, Appalachian State University freshman Guin Thi had exceeded the hopes and dreams of her family. Now she is realizing her own dream, learning more about a profession that has intrigued her since childhood: architectural design. She is majoring in building sciences in Appalachian’s architectural technology and design program.

Appalachian State University hosts “Power of Design 16”

By University Communications

BOONE—Students, faculty and the general public are invited to kick off “Power of Design 16” by attending a reception and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Valborg Theatre at Appalachian State University.

Appalachian’s solar vehicle team places third in the Formula Sun Grand Prix

WAMPUM, Pa.—Appalachian State University’s solar vehicle team, Team Sunergy, has taken third place in the Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania.

Under heavy cloud cover and some rain, the team completed the race on July 28 with a total of 414 laps, behind Principia College with 454 laps and University of Michigan, which took first place with 518 laps.

Appalachian’s solar vehicle team qualifies for 2016 American Solar Challenge

By: Megan Hayes

WAMPUM, Pa.—On the first day of a three-day qualifying race, Appalachian State University’s solar vehicle team, Team Sunergy, qualified for the American Solar Challenge Tuesday, July 26, at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania. The team is currently in third place overall.

Raichle named interim chair of the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

By: Meghan McCandless

BOONE—Dr. Brian Raichle will act as interim chair of the Appalachian State University Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment beginning in July. Raichle, who had been assistant chair and professor in the department, replaces Chad Everhart.

Solar Vehicle Team preps for summer competition, displays car at local events

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Solar Vehicle Team (SVT) will be competing in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) July 22-28 at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Penn.

Industrial design student secures prestigious Adidas Design Academy apprenticeship

BOONE—Rider Evans, a 2016 graduate of Appalachian State University, competed against more than 2,000 students and recent graduates to become a footwear designer at the Adidas Design Academy in Herzogenaurach, Germany. He will spend two years perfecting the art of shoe design while learning best practices from senior designers in studios around the world.

Cuban professors visit Appalachian State University for sustainability tour

BOONE—Professors from Universidad de la Habana visited Appalachian State University recently to learn about Appalachian’s sustainable technology programs. Appalachian was one of only a few campuses the professors toured.

Student’s feasibility study tests e-bike market in Boone

BOONE—Ryan Gillespie has big ideas to improve the commuter experience in Boone. Gillespie, a senior sustainable technology major in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University, is passionate about what he calls “responsible transportation.” His goal is to help revolutionize the way citizens commute by studying how a small group of students, faculty and staff use electric bikes over a six-month period, and apply this data to facilitate a local e-bike rental service.