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Penn State NASA challenge team advances, to be featured on Japanese TV

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 A reduced-scale habitat element while being additively constructed for the second of three subscale levels in the competition

NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, was recently on the University Park campus (Jan. 22) to film the Penn State interdisciplinary team that has advanced to the third phase of NASA’s $3.1-million 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge after successfully 3D printing a 2m wide by 1.8m tall water cistern.

The Phase 3: On-Site Habitat Competition boasts a grand prize of $500,000 for the winner of the head-to-head competition, to be held April 29 at Caterpillar Inc.’s Edward Demonstration and Learning Center in Peoria, Illinois.

The Penn State team, named PennStateDen@Mars, is led by Stuckeman School faculty members Shadi Nazarian, associate professor of architecture, and José Duarte, the Stuckeman Chair in Design Innovation and director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing. The team also includes Sven Bilén, professor of engineering design, electrical engineering, and aerospace engineering and head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP); Aleksandra Radlińska, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; Ali Memari, Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair of Residential Construction (architectural engineering) and director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center; Nicholas Meisel, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering; and Randall Bock, assistant research professor of agricultural and biological engineering.

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Image: A reduced-scale habitat element while being additively constructed for the second of three subscale levels in the construction competition.