As part of the University of Dayton’s effort to implement KEEN concepts campuswide, we held our largest-ever student engagement event titled the “Big Green Challenge” in February. We connected this interdisciplinary sustainability competition with the festivities of a KEEN-sponsored Engineers Week 2015.

Dayton Students

Why a Sustainability Competition? The thirst for sustainable approaches to business and technology among Millennials is well documented (Millennials: The Emergence of the Socially Concious Growth Investor and Why Your Brand Should Appeal to Sustainability-Friendly Millennials). The sustainability movement at the University of Dayton has been steadily advancing each year and now boasts the Hanley Sustainability Institute. Along with continued help from Facilities Management, a student-run Sustainability Club, and a Sustainability Week each fall, UD is poised to be a leader in sustainable development on campuses across the globe – and Millennials will lead the way.

By tapping into this student hunger for creating a sustainable future, we were able to establish KEEN as a partner. KEEN’s message of being patently curious, seeking out connections, and always striving to create value resonated with students as they pitched their ideas to a panel of university and industry judges.

Why Engineers Week?  Engineers Week at UD is well organized and highly competitive – even between departments. The week’s eleven events span activites from the Big Green Challenge to the Giant Paper Airplane Contest to the end of the week Social with a DJ. E-Week t-shirts were a big hit with the “KEEN Engineering Unleashed” logo splashed across the back.

Highlights from E-Week 2015: 

  • The Big Green Challenge included 66 participants and 20 teams who competed for $3,000 in scholarships.
  • The week’s eleven events attracted more than 200 student participants.
  • Nearly 200 people attended the awards ceremony at the E-Week Social.
  • Some 300 E-Week t-shirts emblazoned with “KEEN Engineering Unleased” now serve as moveable and reusable advertising.
  • Nearly 1,000 KEEN branded posters and fliers were created.
  • Sixteen student clubs and professional societies were engaged.
  • The panel of judges for the Big Green Challenge included representation from five industry partners and seven departments at UD, which familiarized them with KEEN methodology.

Congratulations to the top four teams of the KEEN Big Green Challenge!

Big Green Challenge

First place: Cameron and Candida Crasto

Second place: Nicole Erlich, Mariana Lopes, Ahmad Maarafi, Daniel Smith, Molly Remenowsky

Third place: Jeff Gorski and Will Randerson

Third place: Tyler Bagdasarian, Aleksandar Grocic, Julia Hauser, Jose Panameno

The ProcrastOnators

{Pictured: Dr. Eddy Rojas with Big Green Challenge winners Cameron and Candida Crasto.}

Dr. Eddy Rojas is dean for the School of Engineering at the University of Dayton and has an extensive background in administration, teaching and research from multiple institutions of higher education. He is the Principal Investigator on UD’s three year institutional grant from KEEN.