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Bergren Forum attendees to learn how to build zero-energy houses, quickly

Alfred University (AU) Professor of Electrical Engineering Wallace Leigh will present the Bergen Forum on “How to Build a Zero Energy House in Two Weeks or Less” on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Leigh will discuss his trip with four AU engineering students to Datong, China this summer to compete against 18 other university teams in the Solar Decathlon 2013. Second-year graduate student Steven Gruspier, junior Wanrui He, junior Avery Sandler, and senior Daniel Zaparzynski represented the University on Team Alfred-Guilin, a partnership between AU, Alfred State College, and Guilin University of Technology in China.

The three institutions worked together to construct a zero energy modular home in just two weeks, with each member contributing their skills in electrical and mechanical engineering, architectural design, and other trades. Team Alfred-Guilin earned first place in the competition’s energy balance contest.

Leigh holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University. His areas of concentration include CMOS analog circuits, SOC integration and solar energy systems. Leigh’s current research is focused on layout issues in analog design, an image sensor as an undergraduate VSLI project chip design of multi-ramp A/D, and a model of a thermal-solar energy system.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets every Thursday during the academic semester. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, and complimentary coffee and tea will be provided.