Huntsville

The E in STEM Also Stands for Energy

ALCSE CEO, Daniel Tait, shared an opinion piece on AL.com about NerdWallet’s ranking of Huntsville, AL as the best place for STEM careers. Tait was sure to point out that the E in STEM also stands for Energy, and that sustainable energy careers are booming.

Last week NerdWallet, a national financial ranking website, proclaimed that Huntsville is the best place in the United States for a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) career.

Huntsville claimed the title due to plentiful STEM jobs and a low cost of living ahead of other high profile STEM hubs including California’s Silicon Valley and North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Coming as no surprise to anyone who has lived in Huntsville for longer than two weeks, the ranking is a testament to the vitality and potential of our community.

Traditionally, Huntsville’s economic fortunes leaned heavily on NASA, the Department of Defense and their related support structures. Recently, STEM innovators like the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology have exploded onto the scene and expanded STEM opportunities into diverse fields beyond those of the aerospace and defense industries.

If this success is to continue, Huntsville’s must include a broader spectrum of STEM-related careers. Differentiation in the STEM field enables our city to build on a positive track record of innovation and cements our status as technology leader in the 21st century.

One of the most promising STEM career fields is energy, particularly sustainable energy. Sustainable energy careers are booming across many areas the country

Read the full article at AL.com.

Foosgazi wins Huntsville Human Foosball tournament

Foosgazi wins Energy Alabama Human Foosball Tournament!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 1st Human Foosball Tournament with the Toyota USA Foundation Avion Solutions Incorporated, Redstone Federal Credit Union and Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

Huntsville team, Foosgazi took the title at the Energy Alabama Huntsville Human Foosball tournament. Feedback from the event was great and we hope to make this the first of many Human Foosball events in Huntsville.

 

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Daniel Tait of Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy referring the first Huntsville Human Foosball tournament

 

   

Student-Made Windmill Blade Outdoes Manufacturer

Student-Made Windmill Blade Outdoes Manufacturer

Students throughout northern Alabama competed in the inaugural Switch Blade Competition on Thursday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Each team was required to redesign the blades of a windmill to adjust to the low power wind conditions of Alabama. Senior systems engineer Bill Pannell, from the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, came up with the idea while experimenting with a windmill used for military operations in Afghanistan.

Students from Alabama A&M University, Columbia High School, Hartselle High School and the University of Alabama in Huntsville received a $500 stipend to fund their project.

The Switch Blade Competition is a great example of how we’re trying to make the quest to 100 percent clean energy in Huntsville fun,” said Daniel Tait, chief executive officer, Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy. “Students get to engage with some of the toughest problems we need to address as a community while gaining hands-on experience with real equipment being used by the U.S. Army.

To continue reading the full article, please visit: http://www.theredstonerocket.com/around_town/article_fc3f015a-ee7a-11e4-bdaa-bf693a6fea58.html

Congratulations to the UAH Green Wind Power Available at Low Speed, or GWPALS, team! They were the winners of this first inaugural Switch Blade contest.

Student-Designed Windmill Blade Outperforms Manufacturer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Apr. 23, 2015) — Students throughout northern Alabama competed in the inaugural Switchblade Competition April 23 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Each team was required to redesign the blades of a windmill to adjust to the low power wind conditions of Alabama. Senior Systems Engineer Bill Pannell, from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, came up with the idea while experimenting with a windmill used for military operations in Afghanistan.

To continue reading the full article, please visit: http://www.army.mil/article/147041/

Hartselle High School Engineering to Compete in Switchblade

Hartselle High School Engineering to Compete in Switchblade

A group of nine Hartselle High School engineering students will be competing against four other teams April 22 in the Switchblade Competition at the University of Alabama in Huntsville Shelby Center.

Team BladeRunners is redesigning and manufacturing the blades of a wind power system originally used for military operations in Afghanistan. The winning team will be the one with the most efficient blades tested in Alabama wind conditions. The contest is sponsored by the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy, Avion Solutions, UAH and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center.

To continue reading the original article, please visit: http://www.hartselleenquirer.com/2015/03/23/hhs-engineering-to-compete-in-army-contest/