Mechanical Engineers Take Home Top Prize in Energy Savings Competition

The Manhattan College team captured a $10,000 prize.


Left to right: Nicole Oliveri '17, Maggie Brownson '17, Mohammad Naraghi, Ph.D., Matthew O'Meara '17, Patrick O'Sullivan '17.

The seniors in Manhattan College’s mechanical engineering program are leaving their mark before they graduate later this month.

Under the advisement of Mohammad Naraghi, Ph.D., four students - Maggie Brownson, Nicole Oliveri, Matthew O'Meara and Patrick O'Sullivan - won a $10,000 prize at the 7x24 Exchange University Challenge for their presentation on how customers and companies can save energy on their cooling systems as summer approaches.

The Manhattan team presented an evaporative cooling system in conjunction with a geothermal dehumidifier, designed to allow evaporative cooling to be used in all climates. The competition’s judges decided the group’s plan provided the best solution for data centers to gain a significant amount of energy and cost savings.

The 7×24 Exchange Metro New York chapter provides an educational forum, bringing together those who design, build, operate and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures to promote a better understanding of the issues involved in achieving high levels of uninterrupted infrastructure support at the local level.

By Pete McHugh