Deborah Cannon, Aerospace Host
INCOSE - Los Angeles Chapter
(714) 477-3755

June 12, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm PT

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Deborah Cannon, (714) 477-3755
The Aerospace Corp. Bldg D8, Rm 1010
200 North Aviation Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245 

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200 N Aviation Blvd.,
El Segundo, CA 90245

June 12th Speaker Meeting
Solar Decathlon and Advanced Energy Communities
with Alex McDonald


5:15-5:30  Sign-in/Registration
5:30-6:00  Networking/Refreshments
6:10-6:20  Introduction
6:20-6:30  WG Presentation
6:30-7:30  Guest Speaker Presentation

Please RSVP by noon June 11th to facilitate event registration and planning, foreign nationals by June 4th.  Virtual Attendance instructions will be emailed the morning of the meeting.

COST:  INCOSE Individual Members: FREE

             Non-Members: $10.

WHERE:  Host site: The Aerospace Corp., Bldg D8, Room 1010,  200 N. Aviation Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245;  POC: Deborah Cannon, (714) 477-3755 (mobile).  Refreshments will be provided at this site.

Remote Sites (potential):



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El Segundo: Aerospace (Host Site)

Deborah Cannon

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Andrew Murrell

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Stephen Guine

Woodland Hills: Dassault Systèmes

Mark TenEyck

Webcast virtual site: Register as an individual virtual participant. 

ABSTRACT:  Solar Decathlon Winner Alex McDonald discusses his graduate work at the University of California, Irvine:

  • Designing and building a modular, solar powered house for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2015
  • Modeling the energy demand and retrofit of a Huntington Beach community of 10,000 people for use in a California Energy Commission's solar powered Advanced Energy Community.
The discussion will include topics on advanced solar powered and green-building best practices. It also will include utilizing whole building simulation tools for hourly, time-resolved energy modeling of the built environment for integration into a 100% renewable modern grid. It utilizes EVM measures providing application for agile practices in reporting plan progress


 BIO:  Alex McDonald is a former mechanical engineering graduate student researcher and recent graduate from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California Irvine; graduated Fall 2017. Most recently, he was part of a public/private partnership working on behalf of the California Energy Commission’s Advanced Energy Community initiative to develop a solar powered district in Huntington Beach for a mixed-use community of 10,000 people where he models aggregate building energy demand. Prior to that, he managed one of the largest of teams in the USDOE’s Solar Decathlon 2015 competition, Team OC, which included 100 students across the campuses of University of California Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College, and Saddleback College. The Solar Decathlon was integrated into his graduate research where he incorporated the green building best practices. His management duties included development of integrated design practices, raising over a million dollars in resources, recruitment of students and professional mentors, and the construction of the solar home. Professionally, he has worked as a commercial HVAC consultant for Wood Harbinger where designs for clients such as The Boeing Company, US Navy, and Seattle Public Schools. While studying mechanical engineering and political science at Washington State University, Alex had several notable internships with CH2M Hill. Additionally, Alex marketed and raised $33,000 for UC Irvine’s entry into Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition and founded WSU chapter of Engineers without Borders.

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