Indira Rakhimzyanova

Implementation: From Engineering to Business

The role of a liberal arts education in connection to engineering demonstrated in designing solar hot water systems that deliver low-cost solar thermal energy to homeowners, businesses, and multi-family housing communities in California. Liberal arts education enhances understanding of the need to design those systems and the numerous stakeholders involved in the process. California Solar Thermal revitalizes the solar thermal industry with help of the California Solar Initiative Thermal Program, as well as with state and national renewable energy legislation. Solar thermal heating systems are designed to provide large quantities of hot water for buildings. This helps property owners lower their hot water bills and environmental impact. Solar thermal projects involve analysis of heating system properties, roof load capacities, and an understanding of cost-benefit analysis.  This knowledge can be acquired through a combination of liberal arts and engineering education programs at Mount Holyoke