Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00
On December 7, 2010, Pearl Harbor Day, at the historic USS Intrepid, a panel of judges chose Team Alphabet Soup as the winning team for their design of an energy-efficient hangar.
The team of 11 students from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Old Westbury included architecture, engineering, education and pre-med students that received the $3,000 grand prize, and the honor of creating a permanent structure to the 1943 aircraft carrier. The winning design includes five descending tiers representing the five kamikaze attacks on the vessel during World War II. The design also features steel and glass structures that incorporate renewable energy through wind turbines and solar panels. It will also include spaces for aircraft restoration, educational areas and rental projects.
They will begin working with consultants and museum staff in January 2011. Alphabet Soup team members include East Hills resident Katerina Skiadas. Other members are: Antonella Verderosa, West Hempstead; Ben Alling, Cromwell, CT; Dominic Tetro, Yorktown Heights: Kevin Bruno, Bohemia; Jobin George, Westbury: Luke Ferland, Great River; Nich-olas Zangiacomi, Larchmont; Ryan Metz, West Hempstead; Samuel Franck Nde Tene, Douala, Cam-eroon; and Zach Sanzo, New City.
Katerina Skiadas is a senior and NYIT and will receive a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Additionally, she graduated from The Wheatley School, Old Westbury, in 2007. She played a significant role on the team by designing a curriculum to inform students about renewable energy and to establish the foundations of designing energy efficient buildings.
“The ultimate goal of the unit is to demonstrate the versatility of renewable energy in the students’ daily lives, and create an enjoyable premise for future technological and scientific innovations,” Katerina said.
Katerina is a member of the Presidential Honor List, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and Golden Key Honor Society.