DOE’s Jump Into STEM Winners Announced

Winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) annual, online building energy-efficiency competition, JUMP into STEM, were chosen at the final competition at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in January.

Mary Hubbard, DOE Technology to Market Manager, and Michelle Buchanan, ORNL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology, welcomed the finalists and congratulated the two winning teams who won a 10-week paid summer internship at ORNL or NREL. The winning teams are listed below:

  • Clark Atlanta University students James Whitfield and Destiny Currie won for their topic entitled “Machine Learning-Based Thermostat and Lighting Controller.”
  • Georgia Institute of Technology students Kira O’Hare, Katie Earles, Taylor Sparacello, and Catherine Moore won for their topic entitled “Behavioral Incentives on Children and Their Parents to Reduce Energy Consumption”

JUMP into STEM is a national competition for undergraduate and graduate students, co-sponsored by ORNL and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which aims to attract innovative students from a variety of majors to the building science research profession. Students from Tennessee State University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, and Hampton University also participated in this year’s contest.

Learn more about this year’s contest and winners.

Photo: The winning teams from Georgia Institute of Technology (from left: Kira O’Hare, Katie Earles, Taylor Sparacello, and Catherine Moore) and Clark Atlanta University (from left: Destiny Currie and James Whitfield) stand with JUMP into STEM Director Mary Hubbard of DOE’s Building Technologies Office. ORNL, 2020.