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Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 2:49 PM
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Student Team Wins Solar Design Competition

A rendering of the rooftop concept design by Howard University students

WASHINGTON (February 26, 2014) – A Howard University team of architecture and civil engineering students were winners in the Solar Rooftop Table competition sponsored by The Residences at Thomas Circle, a senior assisted living facility in Northwest Washington, D.C.The students competed against Catholic University to create a proposal for a rooftop concept design that would help transform the under-utilized outdoor space. The two teams shared the prize of $2,500.  

The interdisciplinary team, which included Daweit Gebru (senior), Carlos Homes (sophomore) and Jamie Wilson (freshman), was advised by Nea Maloo, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture. The students proposed an easily accessible, modular solar picnic table design equipped with electrical outlets and shade to protect residents from the sun. The

Team Howard (L-R): Jamie Wilson, Nea Maloo, Daweit Gebru, and Carlos Homes.

performance of the table with its solar generation and maintenance, was evaluated along with aesthetic appeal.

“Guiding the students through this project was a rewarding experience,” said Maloo. “I hope Howard can complete more sustainable projects in the local community.”

The competition started in October and wrapped up on Jan. 29 with an oral presentation and model demonstration. The judges, which included architects, engineers and residents, decided that both teams were equally good and should split the prize.




Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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