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NECA 2015 Student Chapter Forum Recap

by Adrianne Gracias | Nov 24, 2015

2015 NECA Student Chapter Forum at NECA Convention

The 2015 NECA Student Chapter Forum took place October 2-6 in San Francisco, California during the NECA Convention. Fourteen NECA Student Chapters were represented at the NECA Convention with over 60 students in attendance. 

The NECA Student Chapter Forum kicked-off the event with an optional tour to the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, CA. In the evening, NECA hosted a welcome dinner cruise along the Bay for students and faculty. The Forum continued on the weekend with the Green Energy Challenge Student Competition, NECA Student Chapters Job Fair and concluded with NECA Student Chapters Summit.

Winners of the Student Chapter of the Year Award, Green Energy Challenge Student Competition and Poster Competition were also announced.

Green Energy Challenge

And the winner is...

The 2015 Green Energy Challenge focused on the development of a back-up power system and resiliency plan for an existing facility with demonstrated critical power needs. Teams were challenged to conduct an energy assessment of a building/facility either on their campus or in their community.

Three finalist teams Iowa State, Penn State, and the Illinois Institute of Technology were invited to the NECA National Convention in San Francisco, California in October 2015, to present their retrofit proposals.to to the Green Energy Challenge Jury

Iowa State University has taken top honors at the 7th Annual Green Energy Challenge Competition, held in San Francisco. 


The ELECTRI jury also honored Iowa State team member Britta Sortland as Best Presenter. The companion Poster Competition was won by Purdue University.


NECA Student Chapter of the Year Award

Three schools competed for the NECA Student Chapter of the Year Award. University of Toronto, Illinois Institute of Technology and Iowa State University were the finalists.  

Iowa State University was named the winner of this year's award.

The award was created last year to recognize and reward those students, faculty and NECA staff working hard year-round to run successful Student Chapters. The winner receives $1000 prize to use towards Student Chapter activities.

Congratulations to all finalists! 

NECA Student Chapters Job Fair

The second annual NECA Student Chapters Job Fair was held on October 3 as part of the Student Forum at the 2015 NECA Convention in San Francisco following the Green Energy Challenge Student Competition. 


NECA thanks each of the participating companies:

  • American Electric
  • BASS Electric
  • Cupertino Electric, Inc.
  • Egan Company
  • ERMCO Electrical and Systems Contractor
  • Intermountain Electric Company
  • M.J Electric, LLC
  • Mass. Electric Construction Co. (Kiewit Subsidiary)
  • Paganini Electric Corporation
  • Rosendin Electric
  • Sachs Electric Company
  • Sprig Electric
  • Young Electric Company, Inc.
  • And the San Francisco and Penn-Del-Jersey Chapters of NECA.

Your participation and support is invaluable to the success of the NECA Student Chapters program.

Students who missed the Job Fair and are looking for an internship or full-time position are encouraged to send resumes to Wanessa Alves at w.a@necanet.org. Resumes will be forwarded to all companies who participated in the Job Fair. 

NECA Student Chapters Summit

This year's NECA Student Chapters Summit focused on growing Student Chapters through service projects. A panel of students was moderated by David Riley, Ph.D., Penn State University.The panelists were:

  • Kevin Clement -  Penn State University
  • Mackenzie de Carle - University of Toronto 
  • Riley Seahorn - Purdue University and
  • Jessica Rice - Peacework 

Following the Summit, Cupertino Electric hosted a reception for all students and faculty in atendance. Thank you to Cupertino for supporting the program!

Tour of the Zero Net Energy Center

A group of students and faculty toured the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, California on October 2. The tour was possible thanks to the Electrical Contractors Trust of Alameda County.


The Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Center is an educational facility that supports over 2,000 apprentice and journey-level electricians in Alameda County. The Facility is sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595 (IBEW) and the Northern California Chapter, NECA.

Learn more about ZNE Center