As a 3rd year NanoEngineering student, Sarin Parikh entered the SDG&E Careers in Energy App Concept Development Contest with 2nd year CSE student Akshat Vasavada. Project Cleancity, an app or game that encourages students to use energy efficiently, was their winning entry. Great job Sarin!
SDG&E’s contest for University students had many entries from Universities all over California including UCLA, Cal Poly and UC Davis. Careers in Energy Week were set up by the national Center for Energy Workforce Development, which promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and addresses the need for a qualified and diverse energy industry workforce. Individual high school students and teams of community college and university students competed to develop the best videos or apps illustrating why "a career in the energy/utility industry is exciting innovative and engaging," according to contest rules.
"Our game app, Project CleanCity, aims to inspire students to pursue a STEM education. The app has a town that the user takes care of and deals with constraints such as no fossil fuels allowed to power your town after a set amount of time, or different types of weather which would limit what type of renewable energy can be used on that particular day. For example, if the user only invested in Solar energy, they wouldn't have any power on a rainy day and they would fail their level and have to start over. But, if they invested in wind or hydro, they'd be taken care of."
Sarin is also a board member for NanoEngineering and Technology Society (NETS), Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), and Material Advantage. He hopes to use his skills as a NanoEngineer in Sustainable energy after graduation.