Q&A with Adam Kuchy '14<img alt="Adam Kuchy" src="/news/PublishingImages/Adam%20Kuchy.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><strong>Employer:</strong> McGrath & Associates Inc.</p><p><strong>Job Title: </strong>Project Engineer</p><p rtenodeid="32"><strong>Undergraduate Degree: </strong>BS, Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Ambrose University</p><p><strong>How has your Master's Degree helped your career? </strong>The WashU MCM degree enabled me to get my foot in the door of the construction industry and introduced me to a career in the construction/built industry on the project management side of the table. </p><p><strong>What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? </strong>I have failed in the past and realize that I am not immune to failure in the future, but I am never going to back away from trying and continuing to better myself, the people around me, and my any project that I am involved with in the future.</p><p><strong>Who was your favorite professor during your program? </strong>It is difficult to narrow it to a single instructor. Roger Loesche challenged each us in each class and week to "learn something new every day," a skill I am passing onto my children. Paul Todd Merrill opened our minds to the idea that construction should be done with an "environmental point of view." It can be both financial and ethically beneficial to the owner and to Earth. Of course, Steve Bannes cannot be left out. From my first class to my last class with him, he was supportive, challenging and insightful in both my education and progress in the construction industry.</p><p><strong>Best piece of advice for future student? </strong>If you are unsure that you will have time to commit to the program, there is always a way. You will find that it will take a large commitment on your part and your family, but WashU has endless resources to support you.  </p><p><strong>What is your ultimate long-term goal? </strong>My goal is to continue to succeed in construction project management and always extend a hand to lift others up, even when it puts them in a better position than me. I hope I never stop learning, and when I can, teach others what I have been taught.  <br/></p>Adam Kuchy2017-11-14T06:00:00Z"Paul Todd Merrill opened our minds to the idea that construction should be done with an "environmental point of view." It can be both financial and ethically beneficial to the owner and to Earth."<p>​Master of Construction Management, Class of 2014<br/></p> House debuts at Solar Decathlon 2017<div class=""><div class="iframe-container"> <iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe> <br/><br/></div></div><div> <br/> </div>Buildings use much of the world’s energy. To fight global warming, we must make buildings better. <br/><img alt="CRETE House 2017" src="/news/PublishingImages/Crete%20house%20WashU%20engineering.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Over the past two years, more than 100 Washington University in St. Louis students from the <a href="">Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts</a> and the <a href="/Pages/home.aspx">School of Engineering & Applied Science</a> have worked with industry partners to design, fabricate and now finally construct <a href="">CRETE House</a>. The structure is part of Solar Decathlon 2017, a biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.<br/></p><p>After the competition, the resilient, net-zero energy house will be permanently installed at the university’s <a href="">Tyson Research Center</a> as a residence for visiting scientists.<br/></p><div> <a href=""><img src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU%20Engineers%20Solar%20Decalthlon.gif" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></a></div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Mission: Create a More Sustainable Future<br/></h3><ul><li> <a href="" style="font-size: 1em; background-color: #ffffff;">WashU Team Website</a><a href=""><br/></a></li><li> <a href="">Facebook</a><br/></li><li> <a href="" style="font-size: 1em; background-color: #ffffff;">@TeamWashUSolar</a><br/></li><li><p> <a href="">#SD2017</a> or <br/><a href="">#solardecathlon</a><br/></p></li></ul></div> <br/> <div> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Media Coverage<br/></h3><div> <strong>Realtor Magazine:</strong> <a href="">Is This House Indestructible?</a> <br/><br/><strong>Construction Forum St. Louis:</strong> <a href="">WUSTL Architecture Students Build Concrete Energy Savings</a><br/></div></div></span></div><br/>Liam Otten the past two years, Washington University students have worked with industry partners to design, fabricate and now finally construct CRETE House as part of Solar Decathlon 2017.Y Q&A with Xiaoyan 'Jo' Zhou '15<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Xiaoyan%20Zhou%20(Jo).jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p rtenodeid="30"><strong>Currently pursuing a PhD at University of Florida</strong></p><p><strong>Undergraduate School and Degree:</strong> Bachelor of Management, Shandong Institute of Business and Technology</p><p rtenodeid="31"><strong>How has your Master's degree helped your career? </strong>The master's program not only allowed me to learn advanced management knowledge systematically, but also provided me with precious opportunities to experience the real industry world. Therefore, the program helped me to lay a solid foundation for my future academic study and helped me to realize the top concerns within the industry. Some courses within the program have team research projects and presentations, which helped to inspire research interests and improve communication skills. All the support I have received while at WashU encouraged me to pursue a PhD.</p><p rtenodeid="32"><strong>What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? </strong>Starting a PhD degree with support from the warm and friendly faculty and staff members at WashU.</p><p rtenodeid="33"><strong>Who was your favorite professor during your program? </strong>Thomas Browdy</p><p rtenodeid="34"><strong>What was your favorite course and the biggest insight you gained? <br/></strong><em>Course: </em>Applying Innovations within Organizations<br/><em>Insight:</em> Innovation is the key to help your business remain ahead in today's competitive world.</p><p rtenodeid="35"><strong>Best piece of advice for future student? </strong>Take the advantage of the flexibility of the curriculum to learn more, to exchange ideas with people from different programs and to build up your social network.</p><p rtenodeid="36"><strong>What is your ultimate long-term goal? </strong>To teach in a university or to join the consulting/R&D department of an enterprise.</p><br/><br/><br/><span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>WashU Women & Engineering</h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div style="text-align: center;">Women & Engineering was established as an organization for engineering alumnae from Washington University in St. Louis to support each other; inspire and mentor our women students; and help shape the School of Engineering & Applied Science.</div><div style="text-align: center;"> <br/> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 1em;"><a href="/alumni/programs-events/Pages/women-engineering.aspx">>> Read more & get involved</a></span></div></div></span><br/>​​Xiaoyan 'Jo' Zhou2017-09-28T05:00:00Z​​Xiaoyan 'Jo' Zhou is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Florida.<p><span style="font-size: 20px;">Master of Project Management, Class of 2015</span><br/></p> Q&A with Ralph Killebrew '16<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Ralph%20Killebrew.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><strong>Employer:</strong> Spectrum </p><p><strong>Job Title:</strong> Senior Internal Auditor-IT</p><p><strong>Undergraduate Degree:</strong> BS, Information Science Computer Technology</p><p rtenodeid="51"><strong>How has your Master's degree helped your career? </strong>My master's degree helps me by allowing me to think critically and learning from the collaboration with others. Additionally, I would say my master's from Washington University has allowed me to bridge the gap between the "Geek Speak," if you will, and senior leadership.</p><p rtenodeid="52"><strong>What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? </strong>Obtaining my CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification<br/></p><p rtenodeid="53"><strong>Who was your favorite professor during your program? </strong>I can't really say I had a favorite. I believe when the program was being created, <a href="">they hired a rockstar group of instructors.</a> Each one lives and breathes the subject they teach, and I learned a lot from each and every last one of them. I truly I like all of the professors in the <a href="">cybersecurity program at WashU</a>, but if I had to pick one, it would be Ozzie Lomax (risk management).</p><p rtenodeid="54"><strong>What was your favorite course and what was the biggest insight you gained? </strong>They were all great classes, but my favorite course of the program was Crisis Communication. It taught me how to stay calm under loads of pressure and to communicate an effective and concise message. The simulation was awesome as well.</p><p rtenodeid="55"><strong>Best piece of advice for future student: </strong>Be ready to be challenged, be ready to work hard and be open to collaborating with others. </p><p rtenodeid="56"><strong>Ultimate long-term goal: </strong>My long-term goal, which I hope will not be too long from now, would be to become a chief information security officer.<br/></p>Ralph Killebrew2017-09-21T05:00:00Z"My master's degree helps me by allowing me to think critically and learning from the collaboration with others."<p>​Master of Cybersecurity Management, Class of 2016<br/></p> House focuses on energy-efficient concrete<div class="youtube-wrap"><div class="iframe-container"> <iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe>   <br/></div></div><p>​Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. Billions of tons are produced annually.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Ethan-Miller-760x396.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>But for the <a href="">2017 Solar Decathlon</a>, “we wanted to demonstrate a new approach,” said Dylan Weber Callahan, a master’s candidate in both architecture and construction management at Washington University in St. Louis. “We wanted to show that concrete could be used in more sustainable ways.”</p><p>Over the last two years, more than 100 students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) have worked with industry partners to design, fabricate and now finally construct <a href="">CRETE House</a>.<br/></p><p>The solar-powered, 995-square-foot residence — which currently is being assembled on the university’s North Campus — is built almost entirely from pre-cast concrete. Water coils embedded within the floors and ceiling, rather than a traditional HVAC system, provide heating and cooling. Large gutters foster shade and direct run-off to a hydroponic garden capable of feeding residents for much of the year.</p><p>“Concrete is extremely durable, so we have a very resilient house,” said Ethan Miller, likewise a master’s candidate in architecture and construction management. “We also took into account, in the steel connections, seismic forces, so that this house will not only be able to withstand tornados and hurricanes, but also earthquakes.”</p><p>Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the biennial Solar Decathlon challenges university teams from around the world to design and build full-size, energy-efficient houses. This year’s competition will take place Oct. 5-15 in Denver.</p><p>Students will spend the next several weeks at North Campus, completing initial assembly and testing and refining systems. In September, they’ll take the house back apart, drive the components to Denver and reassemble the house on site.  After the competition, CRETE House will be permanently installed at the university’s Tyson Research Center as a residence for visiting scientists.</p><p>“Concrete is typically used on larger commercial projects,” Callahan concluded. Yet the material’s durability, thermal properties and ubiquity could also hold the key to making residential construction more sustainable.</p><p>“We wanted to create a catalyst for how concrete might be used more efficiently in the future.”</p><p>For more information about Solar Decathlon, visit <a href=""></a> or follow Team WashU on <a href="">Facebook</a> and <a href="">Twitter</a>.</p><p><strong>Faculty Advisors</strong><br/></p><ul><li><a href="" style="background-color: #ffffff;">Hongxi Yin</a>, InCEES, Sam Fox School<br/></li><li><a href="" style="background-color: #ffffff;">Pablo Moyano</a>, Sam Fox School<br/></li><li><a href="" style="background-color: #ffffff;">Ryan Abendroth</a>, Sam Fox School<br/></li><li>Tim Michels, Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering<br/></li><li><a href="/Profiles/Pages/Chenyang-Lu.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff;">Chenyang Lu</a>, Engineering & Applied Science<br/></li><li><a href="" style="background-color: #ffffff;">Steve Bannes</a>, Engineering & Applied Science<br/></li></ul><p></p><p><br/></p><span><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Industry Sponsors<br/></h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div><ul><li>Anova<br/></li><li>Architectural Design Guild<br/></li><li>Ben Hur Construction<br/></li><li>BFW Contractors<br/></li><li>Blomberg<br/></li><li>Bon Appetit<br/></li><li>Chicago Contractor’s Supply<br/></li><li>Clayco<br/></li><li>Continental Cement<br/></li><li>Ductal<br/></li><li>Duane Precast Inc.<br/></li><li>Eisen Group<br/></li><li>EnCon Design<br/></li><li>Energy Resources Group<br/></li><li>Enterprise Precast Concrete<br/></li><li>Filtrexx<br/></li><li>Frieze & Associates<br/></li><li>Gate Precast<br/></li><li>Gibbons Crane Rental<br/></li><li>Hard Rock Concrete Cutters<br/></li><li>HydroTemp<br/></li><li>Icon Mechanical<br/></li><li>InXpress<br/></li><li>Kohler<br/></li><li>LafargeHolcim<br/></li><li>Lombard Architectural Precast Products Company<br/></li><li>McMillan Cabinetmakers<br/></li><li>Metro Lighting<br/></li><li>Nawkaw<br/></li><li>PCI Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute<br/></li><li>PCI Foundation<br/></li><li>Peak Building Products, LLC<br/></li><li>Pitzman’s Co.<br/></li><li>Rocky Mountain Prestress<br/></li><li>Sika Corporation<br/></li><li>St. Louis Prestress<br/></li><li>St. Mary’s Cement<br/></li><li>Sumiden Wire Products Corporation<br/></li><li>SunPower<br/></li><li>TAKTL<br/></li><li>Tarlton Corporation<br/></li><li>Texas Design Concepts, Inc.<br/></li><li>The Portland Cement Association<br/></li><li>The Unico System<br/></li><li>Thermomass<br/></li><li>Uponor<br/></li><li>U.S. Formliner<br/></li><li>Votorantim Cimentos<br/></li><li>Wieser Concrete<br/></li><li>Winco Windows<br/></li></ul></div></div></span><p><br/></p>Ethan Miller, one of two student construction managers for CRETE House the Team WashU entry in the 2017 Solar Decathlon competition. (Photo: Clark Bowen/Washington University)Liam Otten the last two years, more than 100 Washington University in St. Louis students have worked with industry partners to design, fabricate and now finally construct CRETE House.