Tianyun Gao: The Hydrogen Student Design Contest

Tianyun Gao is a business systems analyst who currently works for Cloudeeva, a New Jersey-based cloud computing company.

Tianyun Gao earned a degree from the University of Bridgeport, where she studied Electrical Engineering, Alternative Energy, Distributed Systems, and Network Security. During the 2008-2009 school year, she distinguished herself as a member of a University of Bridgeport team that took sixth place in the National Hydrogen Student Design contest. The contest challenges multi-disciplinary teams of university students to apply their creativity and academic skills in the areas of design, engineering, economics, environmental science, business and marketing to the hydrogen and fuel cell industries.

Tianyun Gao

Tianyun Gao

As Tianyun Gao knows, the Hydrogen Student Design Contest has existed now for ten years. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students from universities around the world, and submissions are evaluated by a diverse panel of judges that include industry representatives and officials from the United States Department of Energy.

Although the contest designs are concepts when submitted, the Grand Prize winning teams from the two years before Tianyun Gao was involved each attracted the funding necessary for actual development and implementation. Those contest designs were for a new hydrogen fueling station and power park, respectively. The station designed in 2004 had its grand opening at Humboldt State University in California on September 9, 2008. The winning design in 2008, which included a back-up and portable power system powered by hydrogen for airports, generated a great deal of interest for implementation at the Columbia International Airport in Columbia, South Carolina.

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