June 30, 2022 – Sargent & Lundy has donated $5,000 to students from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM) Solar Engineering program participating in engineering design competitions focused on renewable energy applications. The funds will go toward the team’s development of a solar-powered vehicle through which they compete, outreach in promoting solar and renewable energy, and expenses involved in the actual competition such as transportation and lodging. We’re proud to assist these students as they further their research in solar and renewable energy applied to transportation.
UPRM’s Solar Engineering Research and Racing Team (SERRT), comprised of multidisciplinary students from mechanical, electrical, computer, software, and industrial engineering as well as finance and marketing fields of study, is tasked with designing, manufacturing, testing, and optimizing a reliable vehicle that depends solely on solar energy. The vehicle must be efficient in terms of energy harnessing and storage, durable for long drives, and reliable for multiple exposures. Teams in this competition work to demonstrate the capacity of using solar power as a viable alternative to lessen our daily impact on the environment, educate their communities on renewable energy, and promote the use of renewable energy.
These competitions set the stage for nurturing students with invaluable skills like critical and analytic thinking, creativity, leadership and autonomy, communication, and project planning, in addition to the engineering skills in designing their vehicles. With the knowledge acquired, abilities learned, and strategies developed, these teams will have an edge in securing rewarding engineering careers.
Sargent & Lundy is proud to support the Puerto Rican community, as it has had a local presence since 2018, supporting the revitalization of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid. In 2020, the firm opened an office in San Juan made up of 100% local personnel. Of the 60 Puerto Ricans in this Sargent & Lundy office, 24 are employees the firm relocated back to Puerto Rico, and ten are recent graduates of local universities – five of whom are former members of the UPRM solar car team. Our local staff contribute vast expertise and talent to our engineering projects, and we’re proud to support causes that are not only near and dear to them but that also help the advancement of Puerto Rican youth in STEM-related fields.
Since Sargent & Lundy was founded in 1891, our people have put their hearts into creating and nurturing deep and longstanding connections to our clients, employees, and communities. We stand behind our core value of making a meaningful impact within the communities where we work and live, and we are committed to serving, educating, and funding worthy causes.