In Civil Engineering, design takes into account strength to make a structure stand for a long period of time. However, making it stand is just one part of the equation to make it functional. Structures are basically created with the purpose of accommodating the users - be it an office, school, house, or park. No matter how tall or big, it is useless if the users cannot function well in it.
That is one of the structure’s purposes to its users - to give comfort, to enable them do their work productively.
Through Transsolar Academy I intend to learn how a structure’s form follows its function in terms of comfort. Moreover, with my personal project, I hope to show and convince Filipinos that going green does not only mean reducing carbon footprint, but also creating a comfortable and productive place. It is like what Howard Roark said in Ayn Rand's classic philosophical novel The Fountainhead, “A building has integrity, just as a man and just as seldom. It must be true to its own idea, have its own form, and serve its own purpose”.
Mentors: Peter Zatko, Mohammad Hamza
Nikki Alaine Panaligan – Philippines
Nikki graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2015. She worked as a Research Assistant for the UP-CIDS project on Accelerating Irrigation Development in the Philippines and as Research Associate for the CHED-PCARI project on wireless sensor network-based water information system for efficient irrigation water management in the Philippines before joining the Academy.