‘A new approach’<div class=""><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 <a href="">Tyson Research Center</a> 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>​</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.<p>​CRETE House makes the argument for energy-efficient concrete<br/></p> Center launches new startup course this fall<p>​Washington University’s Skandalaris Center is launching a new course on entrepreneurship in Fall 2017.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Skandarlaris%20Class.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The Center’s first for-credit offering, “Navigating the Startup World” is based on Y-Combinator’s Startup School. Y-Combinator, based in Silicon Valley, is widely viewed as the world’s most successful startup accelerator.</p><h3>About the Course</h3><ul><li>This course will present a practical yet rigorous approach to identifying startup opportunities and assessing and improving the financial sustainability and scalability of new venture concepts.<br/></li><li>Open to ALL undergraduate and graduate students and ALLdisciplines (including postdocs and staff using their tuition benefit) — equally challenging and instructive to all groups regardless of former experience.<br/></li><li>No prerequisites; no background in business, finance or economics required.<br/></li><li>Based on Y-Combinator’s “Startup School” content. Y-Combinator, based in Silicon Valley, is generally perceived as the world’s most successful startup accelerator.<br/></li><li>Apply course principles to your own venture concept! For those without a venture concept, we have options for you to choose from (i.e. Washington University inventions).<br/></li></ul><div><div><p>This is an undergraduate course that both undergraduates AND graduates can take (Graduate Students: Consult with your advisor or registrar about details). Postdocs and staff can also take this course using their tuition benefits. <br/></p><h3>About the Instructor<br/></h3><p>The course will be taught by <a href="">Emre Toker, Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center.</a> Emre founded, bootstrapped and successfully exited three medical device startups. He has been an active angel investor for the last 17 years. He is the co-founder and Managing Partner of the Arch Partners Seed Fund in Tucson, Arizona and the Manager of Washington University’s Greenleaf Seed Fund.<br/></p></div></div><p>​</p><span><div class="cstm-section"><h3>New 2017 Course: Navigating the StartupWorld<br/></h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div><ul><li>M/W 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.<br/></li><li>3 Credits (interdisciplinary elective)<br/></li><li>Instructor: Emre Toker, Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center <br/></li><li><a href="" style="font-size: 1em; background-color: #ffffff;">>>Learn more & enroll</a><br/></li></ul></div></div></span><p><br/></p>2017-06-28T05:00:00Z“Navigating the Startup World” is based on Y-Combinator’s Startup School. Y-Combinator, based in Silicon Valley, is widely viewed as the world’s most successful startup accelerator. named Technology & Leadership Center Director of Professional Development Programs<p>​Lynette Rienbolt has been named director of professional development programs for the Technology & Leadership Center in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. <br/></p><img alt="Lynette Rienbolt " src="/news/PublishingImages/Lynette%20Rienbolt%20Washington%20University%20TLC.JPG?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/News/34_.000">a</a></div><p>Rienbolt will be responsible for noncredit training and development programs and for working with corporations and government organizations to develop and deliver programs that enable professional growth and improved performance. She also will be responsible for the center's roundtable programs, which bring together St. Louis business leaders, scholars and technical professionals to address trends and developments in analytics and data science, project management, cybersecurity, and other areas of technology management and engineering.</p><p>Rienbolt joins the center from Southwestern Illinois College where she was director of Selsius, the college's corporate and career training center, for more than 20 years. She brings experience and success at business development and relationship management for corporate, government, and military learning and development programs.</p><p>She succeeds <a href="/news/Pages/Ozzie-Lomax.aspx">Ozzie Lomax, who has been interim director since January.</a><br/></p><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><p><br/></p><p><br/></p><span><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Technology & Leadership Center<br/></h3><div rtenodeid="2" style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;">The center, located on the Danforth Campus within the School of Engineering & Applied Science, offers courses in:<br/></div><div style="text-align: left;"><ul><li><a href="">Agile</a><br/></li><li><a href="">Analytics/Big Data</a></li><li><a href="">Business Analysis</a></li><li><a href="">Cyber Security</a></li><li><a href="">Leadership</a></li><li><a href="">Project Management</a><br/></li></ul></div><a href=""></a><br/><br/></div></div></span><p><br/></p>Lynette Rienbolt 2017-06-05T05:00:00ZLynette Rienbolt will be responsible for noncredit training and development programs and for working with corporations and government organizations to develop and deliver programs that enable professional growth and improved performance. House<p>​​Concrete is durable, inexpensive and ubiquitous. But is it sustainable?​<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/WU_D5_DIGITAL_04_2016-12-15-medres-760x428.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Yes, argues <a href="">Hongxi Yin</a>, I-CARES associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Though the manufacturing process emits carbon dioxide, those emissions are offset by the material’s longevity and unique thermal properties.<br/></p><p>“Concrete will last 100 years,” explains Yin, an internationally recognized expert on green development. It also boasts a high heat capacity, or thermal mass. On a summer afternoon, concrete walls absorb the warmth of the sun, slowing the rise of interior temperatures. On a summer evening, natural ventilation releases the heat back outside, dispersing it into the cool night air.<br/></p><p>“Ancient peoples used thermal mass, but we’ve ignored that potential,” Yin says. “If you design it well, with the right systems and insulations, you can make a net-zero-energy concrete building.”<br/></p><h3>Solar Decathlon</h3><p>Now that argument is being put to the test as students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the School of Engineering & Applied Science prepare for <a href="">Solar Decathlon 2017</a>.</p><p>Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the biennial competition challenges university teams from around the world to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. This year’s event, which takes place in Denver Oct. 5-15, will feature cutting-edge prototypes ranging from 650 to 1,000 square feet.</p><p>Winners will be selected on the basis of: design excellence and innovation; energy and water efficiency; and market potential. Each structure must be capable of running typical household functions using only global solar radiation. Any other energy sources, such as batteries or AC grid energy, must be offset by an equal or greater amount of energy produced.</p><p>At stake is $2 million in prize money.</p><p>“Architecture is about bridging the gap between concept and reality,” says faculty project architect <a href="">Pablo Moyano</a>, senior lecturer in architecture in the Sam Fox School, who is leading the studio with Yin and faculty project manager Ryan Abendroth. “In a typical studio, students can make impressive designs. But with Solar Decathlon, they actually have to build them.</p><p>“Students are exposed to the entire process, from conceptual design to construction and operation,” Moyano adds. “That’s a unique experience and a valuable lesson.<br/></p><h3>Team WashU</h3><p><img src="/news/PublishingImages/Hongxi-Yin-panel-construction-225x300.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/>Though Denver is still six months away, <a href="">Team WashU</a> has been hard at work for nearly two years.</p><p>In fall 2015, Yin and Moyano offered the first of four semester–long studios. Students began by creating individual proposals, which gradually merged into a final design. They also investigated sustainable strategies for heating, cooling and ventilation, looking for ways to reduce and/or offset energy consumption while still maintaining a comfortable, functional space.<br/></p><p>“The trickiest part has been crystalizing four semesters’ worth of design ideas into a single project,” says Adam Goldberg, a dual master’s candidate in architecture and construction management. “So much of the design world, and architecture education, is theoretical. Solar Decathlon forces you to really grapple with every detail and connection.”</p><p>Meanwhile, computer science students, working under the direction of <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Chenyang-Lu.aspx">Chenyang Lu</a>, the Fullgraf Professor in Computer Science & Engineering, have worked to develop a custom operating system for the house. Yin and adjunct engineering professor Tim Michels co-taught a course on building energy.</p><p>In all, more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students have participated so far. The budget of about $550,000 represents a mix of university contributions, external fundraising and industry sponsorships.</p><p>“This is a research project,” Yin says. “Our challenge is not to deliver one building. Our challenge is to create a transdisciplinary framework that will improve efficiency throughout the industry.</p><p>“Buildings account for up to 40 percent of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions worldwide,” Yin adds. “To conquer global warming, we have to find ways of dealing with buildings in the most natural, most affordable ways possible.”<br/></p><h3>CRETE House</h3><p><img src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU%20Engineering%20Solar%20Decathlon.jpg?RenditionID=1" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/>Many of this year’s Solar Decathlon entrants draw from a similar palette of design ideas: solar panels, green roofs, flexible floorplans and sophisticated monitoring abound. Virtually all rely on light-frame wood or steel construction.</p><p>CRETE House, the entry by Team WashU, stands in marked contrast. The 995-square-foot structure, which will eventually serve as a long-term residence for scientists at <a href="">Tyson Research Center</a>, will be built from six large precast concrete panels. Oversized gutters will provide shade support, extending the living space outdoors. A water collection system and series of modular planters will support hydroponic gardening.</p><p>“Concrete has a lot of upsides,” Moyano says. “It’s resistant to fire, humidity, mold and insects. It’s resistant to extreme weather, such as hurricanes and tornados. It’s durable. The main downside is weight. Concrete is heavy.”</p><p>To counteract that weight, students have worked with the Precast/Prestress Concrete Institute — particularly its Midwest, Mountain States, Central Region and Illinois & Wisconsin affiliates — to design and cast <a href="">sandwich panels</a> using <a href="">Ductal</a>, a new, high-performance mixture. “Ductal is six times stronger than regular concrete,” Moyano says. “This allows us to create panels that are thinner and about 30% lighter than standard precast concrete.”</p><p>Perhaps most strikingly, the house does not contain a traditional HVAC system. Instead — capitalizing on concrete’s high thermal mass — the house is primarily warmed and cooled by water coils embedded within the panels.</p><p>“It’s a hydraulic system,” Yin says. “The thermal mass radiates a uniform, comfortable temperature.”</p><p>In the coming weeks, students will begin assembling CRETE House at Washington University’s North Campus, and will spend much of the summer refining and testing its systems. Then, in late August, they will take the house apart, ship it to Denver and assemble it again for the competition.</p><p>“Solar Decathlon is a big challenge, but also a great educational tool,” Yin concludes. “Students integrate cutting-edge architectural research with structural engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing, computer science and biology.</p><p>“But the larger goal is to prepare students to face the future. How do we serve the community? How do we increase efficiency?  And how do we help to solve global warming and environmental issues?”<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>Construction Forum St. Louis:</strong> <a href="">WUSTL Architecture Students Build Concrete Energy Savings</a><br/></div></div></span></div>A water collection system and series of modular planters support hydroponic gardening. (Image: Team WashU)By Liam Otten and Beth Miller is durable, inexpensive and ubiquitous. But is it sustainable?<p><span style="font-size: 1.05em;">Sam Fox School teams with Engineering & Applied Science for 2017 Solar Decathlon</span></p> Engineering offers new master’s in health care operational excellence<p>The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis is offering a new master's degree that will use engineering principles to dramatically improve health-care operations. <br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/washu%20engineers%20health%20care%20operational%20excellence.JPG?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>The <a href="">Master of Health Care Operational Excellence</a> will equip leaders in health care and health-care management to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health-care system using engineering systems processes. The degree, which will launch in Fall 2017, is designed for health-care management and staff both within hospitals and clinics, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, imaging professionals, and in environmental services and facilities, and food service and nutrition, as well as operations managers and process improvement engineers. In addition, engineers and managers with experience in performance improvement in other professions outside of health care will benefit from learning the systems, tools and change management that are unique to the health-care environment. </p><p>Ultimately, graduates of the program would design systems that would improve patient experience and satisfaction, reduce costs of providing quality health care and save lives, said Aaron Bobick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the James M. McKelvey Professor.</p><p>"Accompanying the ever-expanding capabilities of medicine has been an immense increase in the complexity of health-care delivery in the United States," said Aaron F. Bobick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the James M. McKelvey Professor. "Health care is one of the leading industries in the St. Louis area, and there is a high demand for professionals who can make the health-care system both more effective and more efficient. This program takes advantage of the School of Engineering & Applied Science's expertise in engineering-based systems analysis and modeling to prepare these professionals to continue St. Louis' place as a national health-care leader." </p><p>Ed Borbely, associate dean and executive director of professional education in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, said the program applies the systems and tools that have been refined in other sectors, such as air transportation and manufacturing, to health care. </p><blockquote>"Breakthroughs of systemic health-system improvement and cultural transformation will come from combining health-care expertise with industrial engineering, performance improvement and systems safety," Borbely said. "This will be the first program in the country that is developed with and for health-care professionals learning to apply engineering principals in their work." </blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/news/PublishingImages/op-ex-graphic.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-5" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></p><p style="text-align: left;">The 30-hour program will teach students to apply analysis and improvement methods from industrial engineering and engineering management to their own operations in health-care. <br/></p><p>"Implementing performance-improvement methods could reduce medical errors and ensure smooth processes from food service to filling prescriptions to operating room preparation to clinic visits," said Lisa Olenski, program director and executive director of transformation support for BJC HealthCare's Center for Clinical Excellence.</p><p>"All of the students will learn the principles and science of process analysis and optimization in health-care environments, and master the systems, tools and approaches to leadership that enable a culture of continuous systemic improvement and operational excellence," Olenski said.</p><p>Students will take 24 hours of core courses, including Lean Healthcare Concepts, Tools and Lean Management Systems; Six Sigma Concepts and Tools, and Project Management Fundamentals; six hours of electives; and complete a capstone project. Some courses will come from the Systems Integration and Project Management degree programs in the <a href="">Henry Edwin Sever Institute</a> in the <a href="/Pages/home.aspx">School of Engineering & Applied Science</a>. Faculty will include instructors from the Henry Edwin Sever Institute in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and experienced engineering and health-care professionals from the community. </p><p>For more information or to apply, visit <a href=""></a><br/></p><p> <br/></p> <span><hr/></span> <p>The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 90 tenured/tenure-track and 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,200 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 21,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.<br/></p><p>​</p><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Improving Medicine & Health<br/></h3><div> <strong></strong></div><p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>"This will be the first program in the country that is developed with and for health-care professionals learning to apply engineering principals in their work."</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;">- Ed Borbely, associate dean and executive director of professional education<br/></p></div><br/>The Master of Health Care Operational Excellence will equip leaders in health care and health-care management to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health-care system using engineering systems processes.Beth Miller 2017-03-20T05:00:00ZThe Master of Health Care Operational Excellence will equip leaders in health care and health-care management to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health-care system using engineering systems processes.