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INCOSE-LA- Spkr Meeting Solar Decathlon and Advanced Energy Communities

  • Date:
    June 12, 2018 - 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  • Venue:
    The Aerospace Corporation

Topic: Solar Decathlon and Advanced Energy Communities

Speaker: Alex McDonald


Abstract: Solar Decathlon Winner Alex McDonald discusses his graduate work at the University of California, Irvine:

  • Designing and building a modular, solar powered house for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2015
  • Modeling the energy demand and retrofit of a Huntington Beach community of 10,000 people for use in a California Energy Commission's solar powered Advanced Energy Community.

The discussion will include topics on advanced solar powered and green-building best practices. It also will include utilizing whole building simulation tools for hourly, time-resolved energy modeling of the built environment for integration into a 100% renewable modern grid. It utilizes EVM measures providing application for agile practices in reporting plan progress.

Bio: Alex McDonald is a former mechanical engineering graduate student researcher and recent graduate from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California Irvine; graduated Fall 2017. Most recently, he was part of a public/private partnership working on behalf of the California Energy Commission’s Advanced Energy Community initiative to develop a solar powered district in Huntington Beach for a mixed-use community of 10,000 people where he models aggregate building energy demand. Prior to that, he managed one of the largest of teams in the USDOE’s Solar Decathlon 2015 competition, Team OC, which included 100 students across the campuses of University of California Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College, and Saddleback College. The Solar Decathlon was integrated into his graduate research where he incorporated the green building best practices. His management duties included development of integrated design practices, raising over a million dollars in resources, recruitment of students and professional mentors, and the construction of the solar home. Professionally, he has worked as a commercial HVAC consultant for Wood Harbinger where designs for clients such as The Boeing Company, US Navy, and Seattle Public Schools. While studying mechanical engineering and political science at Washington State University, Alex had several notable internships with CH2M Hill. Additionally, Alex marketed and raised $33,000 for UC Irvine’s entry into Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition and founded WSU chapter of Engineers without Borders.


Cost: Members: FREE.  Non-members: $10 (refreshments provided)

5:15-5:30  Sign-in/Registration 
5:30-6:00  Networking/Refreshments 
6:10-6:20  Introduction 
6:20-6:30  WG Presentation (TBD)
6:30-7:30  Guest Speaker Presentation

Hosted at:

The Aerospace Corporation


Location: between Imperial and El Segundo Blvd (north to south), between the 405 Freeway and Sepulveda (east to west).

From the San Diego (405) Freeway heading SOUTH:

  1. Take the exit towards El Segundo Blvd.
  2. Turn Left onto S La Cienega Blvd
  3. Take the 1st Right onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  4. Take the 2nd Right onto N Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the San Diego (405) Freeway traveling NORTH:

  1. Take the El Segundo Blvd exit, Exit 44.
  2. Turn Left onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  3. Turn Right (North) on N Aviation Blvd.
  4. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the 105 Freeway traveling WEST:

  1. Take the exit towards 405 South
  2. Before getting onto the 405 Freeway, take the El Segundo Blvd exit
  3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (west)
  4. Turn right on Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

The facility is the third building from the corner of Aviation and El Segundo, just north of the discount bakery outlet. The facility has 4 gates, but only the southern-most gate is open. Identify yourself to the security guard as attending the INCOSE meeting. You can park where Security directs and enter through the lobby at the center of the building where the flag poles are. Knock on the first of the double doors, and someone will open the door for you. The handicap ramp is on the north side and can be reached by driving all the way around the back of the building. Inform the security guard if you plan to use that ramp.


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