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Team Kentuckiana comprises students and faculty mentors from three universities: the University of Louisville, Ball State University, and the University of Kentucky. The University of Louisville provides engineering, business, and communication expertise; Ball State University leads the architecture and construction management initiatives, and the University of Kentucky contributes design and engineering support.

Our Universities

University of Louisville

On April 3, 1798, eight men declared their intention to establish the Jefferson Seminary in Louisville and called upon their fellow citizens to join them in pledging funds for land, buildings, and teachers. Occurring a few weeks after the Kentucky legislature had chartered this academy and several others in the new state, this event marked the beginning of an advanced level of education for the young people of a frontier settlement barely two decades old. Near the end of the eighteenth century these early Louisvillians took the first steps on a journey that would link them with succeeding generations to the modern University of Louisville in the twenty-first century.

Now, under the leadership of its seventeenth president, James R. Ramsey, the University of Louisville has become known especially for teaching, research, and service to its community and the advancement of educational opportunity for all citizens thereof. With an enrollment of 21,000, its academic programs attract students from every state and from all over the world. It is well positioned to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the state legislature: to become “a premier, nationally-recognized metropolitan research university.”

University of Louisville students from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Business, and the College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Communication and English are currently working toward the project’s goals. The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has provided support to the project from the beginning.

Ball State University

Ball State’s tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship is rooted in the late 19th century, when Muncie business leaders envisioned a local college to help boost the city’s development. Among the visionaries were Frank C. Ball and his brothers, young New York industrialists who moved to Muncie looking to expand their glass container business. A small, private teacher training school opened 1899.

Today, Ball State’s entrepreneurial spirit continues to shine through numerous expansions and additions of degree offerings, technological resources, immersive learning opportunities, community outreach projects, and state-of-the-art facilities. These investments are preparing bright students to take advantage of current and emerging job opportunities, meet society’s most pressing needs, and serve the communities in which they will live and work.

Ball State University joined the team with extensive knowledge of Architecture and Construction Management. The students bring a unique artistic perspective to the design. They are well versed in Autodesk Revit Architecture and will provide the project’s principle architectural designs and drawings. Students from Ball State’s Construction Management program will lead the construction of The Phoenix House.

University of Kentucky

Founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the unique Bluegrass region of Kentucky. From its early beginnings, with only 190 students and 10 professors, UK’s campus now covers more than 716 acres and is home to over 26,000 students and nearly 11,000 employees.

UK’s agenda is simple. It is to accelerate the movement toward academic excellence and to become known worldwide for the quality of its academic programs, its commitment to undergraduates, its success in building a diverse community, and its engagement with the larger society. That is what the University of Kentucky is all about.

The University of Kentucky competed in Solar Decathlon 2009. They are bringing their previous competition experience to this team. The team members at the University of Kentucky support both engineering and design efforts.