Paciero wins ASHRAE scholarship
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Michael Paciero, a junior majoring in architectural engineering at Lawrence Tech, won the 2011 Joseph B. Olivieri Scholarship from the Detroit chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
He won the $1,000 scholarship with his essay, “Creating a Sustainable Built Environment,” in which he discusses his aspirations and ambitions for a career based on energy conservation.
Paciero hopes to start his own company to be an ambassador for energy conservation. “While there are steps being taken to implement alternative energy solutions in new buildings under construction, we also need to take into account the already built environment,” he said. “It is these buildings and homes which need the most attention.”
“Over the years, the introduction of electricity and air conditioning caused architects and engineers to become blind to the elements of the environment, as those two things made it possible to build almost anywhere,” he suggested. “It is these existing buildings which we must go back to and find ways to incorporate and integrate sustainable practices.”
In the meantime, Paciero plans to acquire knowledgeable in all facets of a building through his studies and intends to work for a company that shares his values. He plans to pursue a business degree to achieve his goals.
His involvement in the Detroit chapter of ASHRAE has allowed him to network with professionals, gain technical knowledge, and to observe how the chapter operates as a professional organization.
Paciero intends to continue to work with organizations such as ASHRAE to support his notion that “building a sustainable environment is not simply placing an array of photovoltaics on a roof, or digging into the ground to place a geothermal system.”
“While those things are important, it is ideas such as recycled materials, water harvesting and filtration, passive solar design, natural ventilation, and studying the land, as our ancestors did, to decide where the best place and orientation might be to place a building, that really and truly make up the components of the sustainable built environment,” Paciero said.