This year, Georgia Tech students have the chance to compete in the Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is a competition among collegiate teams to build solar-powered houses. Along the way, participants learn about environmental benefits, comfort, and affordability of energy-efficient homes.
Since it started in 2002, the program has hosted more than 130 collegiate teams. The program has also grown internationally with expansion into Europe, China, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Once you notice the sound, it’s hard to unhear. The low, clicking whirr fills every gap of silence in Ajeet Rohatgi’s office. It’s the toys, the delicate wood and metal figurines arranged atop one of the professor’s sagging bookshelves—an airplane, an oil rig, a windmill.