Amber Harris » Friday, August 28, 2015

SARTA CleanStart Mixer highlights Innovative Engineering through Buildings, Computer Sciences Applications

CleanStart is gearing up for our final 2015 CleanTech Mixer on September 16th at the Capital Public Radio community room and garden. The event is scheduled from 3-5 pm and promises to be a fun gathering of engineering, robotics and building experts! Sac State School of Engineering and Computer Science is co-sponsoring this mixer event. We are delighted to have Dean Lorenzo M. Smith present to offer an introduction and talented students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science showcasing their projects.

The CleanStart mixer includes talks with local business leaders Rick Wylie, President of Villara Building Systems, and Jon Hammond, Principal of Indigo, Hammond, and Playle Architects. Rick Wylie and Jon Hammond will share individual experiences and company successes.

Both companies have thrived with a focus on sustainability. For Rick Wylie, sustainability has meant has meant continued innovation. Rick started at Villara Corporation, then known as Beutler Corporation, in 1976. Rick Wylie became VP and chief estimator in 1984 and later, President in 1986, a role he still holds in the company. Villara started out as an air conditioning and heating company, but became so much more over its more than 60 years of existence. Today, Villara continually improves the efficiency of fans, vents, ducting and insulation through innovation. The company believes in supporting a creative atmosphere for its employees.

For Jon Hammond, sustainability has always made sense. After completing a degree in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley, Jon founded Living Systems, a passive solar design firm, which also drafted the City of Davis’ building code focused on energy consciousness. This was the first such building code in the country. Recently, Indigo, Hammond, and Playle Architects purchased an old Dairy Queen building on Fifth Street in Davis, and renovated the building, while keeping the signature sloping roof.

In addition to engineering demonstrated through building innovation, the CleanStart mixer will also highlight engineering innovation through robotics. We are featuring the world champion Davis High School robotics team, Citrus Circuits. Citrus Circuits empowers students to be leaders in STEM through hands-on peer to peer learning. The team competes annually in the FIRST Robotics Competition, which prepares students for high-skill careers with the aid of 15+ community mentors. For more information and to register for the mixer, click here.

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