Mechanical Engineers Use Classroom Knowledge to Win Energy Efficiency Competition

The Manhattan College team took home the top prize for the second consecutive year.

Mechanical engineers take home winning check.Using the knowledge gained in the classrooms and labs of Leo Hall, a team of five Manhattan College mechanical engineering students took home the top prize in the 7x24 Exchange Competition’s University Challenge at the Bank of New York Mellon headquarters.

Under the guidance of Mohammad Naraghi, Ph.D., chair of the mechanical engineering department, students Christian Gilleo ’18, Gustave Menocal ’18, Brian Queenan ’18, Aidan Vascatto ’18 and William Wagner ’18 presented their plan on the effective use of mist cooling in data centers to maintain an efficient working environment. The students noted that data centers are mission critical areas – an interruption of a few seconds could result in a loss of billions of dollars and critical information.

The audience graded the students on innovation and applicability, potential energy benefits, environmental benefits, financial feasibility and commercialization potential.

It is the second straight year that the Manhattan College team has won the competition and a $10,000 award for the College.

By Pete McHugh