ESD Seeks Judges For Future City, E-Challenge

SOUTHFIELD — The Engineering Society of Detroit is still seeking a few judges for its Future City competition for middle school students, coming up Monday, Jan. 25 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

ESD also is seeking judges for the E-Challenge III competition, sponsored by DTE Energy, which seeks to fund advanced demonstration projects in energy control systems.

Future City has teams of middle school students design concepts of cities set at least 100 years in the future. The theme of the competition changes each year to keep the competition fresh. This year’s theme, “Waste Not, Want Not,” seeks cities with advanced systems in solid waste management and recycling.

The student teams Jan. 25 will show off a physical model of their Future Cities, and will make an oral presentation about the cities. Judges are needed to evaluate the models and the presentations. Orientation and training will be provided to the judges at 8 a.m. Jan. 25 at the event location. Breakfast is provided.

People in engineering and related technical fields, such as architecture and urban planning, are best suited to serve as judges. If you’d like to serve as a judge, contact Leslie Smith, CMP, at ESD, (248) 353-0735, ext. 152.

As for the E-Challenge, this year’s competition will focus on innovative energy efficiency technology in advanced control systems. Up to $100,000 is to be awarded to one or more successful applicants to create the demonstration for their energy controls innovations. Submissions are due by Friday, Jan. 29.

The purpose of the E-Challenge, launched in 2012, is to showcase innovative energy efficiency technology in advanced control systems. The competition encourages demonstration projects that integrate energy efficiency solutions through collaborations, bring under-utilized energy efficiency products to the DTE Energy service area, or accelerate the commercialization of Michigan-based energy technologies. The technologies must demonstrate less than an eight-year return on investment, with three years or less given preference.

With a focus on advanced controls, the idea is to showcase systems that put information out in the open that is currently locked in systems that don’t communicate – and use that information in creative ways to make buildings more efficient.

Judging for this event will take place in February at ESD Headquarters in Southfield.

People with expertise in energy systems are being sought as judges. If you’d like to serve as a judge, contact Leslie Smith, CMP, at ESD, (248) 353-0735, ext. 152.

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