Students compete in alternative energy challenge

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

im-tomm-headPULLMAN, Wash. – More than 500 students from 40 schools in Washington and Idaho will compete at Washington State University Saturday for up to $100,000 in cash prizes in the Alaska Airlines’ Imagine Tomorrow competition.

imagine-tomorrow-alaska-logoHosted by the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, the annual problem-solving competition challenges high school students to seek new ways to support the transition to alternate energy sources with a primary focus on sustainability. Learn more at

Student teams choose among four challenges: aerospace, biofuels, the built environment or food, energy and water. They research the topic and develop innovative technologies, designs or plans to mobilize behavior.

A student presents a project for a judge in a former Imagine Tomorrow competition.

Teams will present their projects to judges and the public 8-11:15 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the CUB ballrooms. Jim Hanna, director for datacenter sustainability at Microsoft, will be the keynote speaker for Saturday’s award ceremony, open to the public, at 7:30 p.m. in the CUB senior ballroom.

The competition is sponsored by 39 corporate, educational and scientific organizations including Alaska Airlines, The Boeing Co., BP America Inc., Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance and McKinstry.


Tina Hilding, WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-5095,
Dana Colwell, WSU Global Campus conference manager, 360-791-5132,




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