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Local student recognized at NDSU

A Pillager student was among the award recipients of the North Dakota State University Innovation Challenge '17. "Passive House Design + Build," won the $500 third prize in the social track. The project is the brainchild of a team of graduate stu...

A Pillager student was among the award recipients of the North Dakota State University Innovation Challenge '17.

"Passive House Design + Build," won the $500 third prize in the social track. The project is the brainchild of a team of graduate students studying architecture-Dylan Neururer, from Pillager; Alex Jansen, from St. Cloud; Aaron Warner, from Prior Lake; Nick Braaksma, from Bozeman, Mont.; and Joshua Highley, from St. Paul.

The team is adapting the design and construction of houses to be more energy efficient and reduce the energy burden for North Dakota residents. North Dakota has the highest energy expenditure per person in the nation and the team is seeking to improve the energy efficiency of affordable housing for low-income populations.

The annual competition features new, unique or re-imagined products and services developed by NDSU students. The Innovation Challenge is presented by the NDSU Research and Technology Park, in partnership with the NDSU Office of the Provost. Winners were announced during an awards luncheon Feb. 28 at the Fargodome.

A total of 137 students in 76 teams competed in four categories, including product, service, agriculture and social.

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