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Published on Jun 20, 2013
Derek Ouyang is tackling global energy challenges by combining architecture, engineering, construction and humancentered design.
Derek Ouyang is a senior at Stanford with a double major in architectural design and civil engineering. He is project manager of Stanford's first-ever Solar Decathlon team, which is designing and building a home with annual energy consumption and carbon emissions that net out to zero. The Decathlon, to be held this fall in California, is a U.S. Department of Energy international competition to design the home of the future. Ouyang is taking a Silicon Valley approach to sustainability: technically complex and efficient building systems packaged into a sleek, sexy shell. "It's not just about engineering the perfect, functioning home -- it's about designing a product that people love and empowering people to actually lead more sustainable lifestyles," said Ouyang.