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SDC Students placed first at the ASC Student Competition in Reno

Stanford beats the competition for the 7th year in a row

Stanford’s 2023 Team from Sustainable Design and Construction won First Place from among 16 universities at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 6/7 Open-Integrated Project Competition in Reno sponsored by Clark Construction. This is Stanford’s seventh consecutive win, and 10th win in the past 12 years.

Stanford ASC Competition 2023 Team

Two teams traveled to Reno this year to represent Stanford. Team 1: Yuuki Tanaka (PM), Yalkin Kizilkan, Melanie Porras, Streethu Sura, Jacob Totaro, Daniel Traver, Jeung Lee (Alternate) and Team 2: James Keo-Kosal (PM), Anthony Gogola, Nick Hughan, Cesar Portocarrero, Emma Sun, Laura Vanderweyen, Abhishek Palit (Alternate).

Unlike previous years, Stanford had to compete against 15 other universities whereas in the past there were typically 11. After learning that only one of the teams would be able to compete it was decided that Team 1 would represent Stanford after the mock competition, but much was learned from that session for both teams.

Stanford's team is especially unique - it is student-selected, their approach is student-led, and is not based on course credit.  Students from the previous year take on the responsibility of organizing, evaluating, and selecting interested new students for the next year. Our students receive no academic credit, and participate atop their regular studies to learn more about, and sharpen their IPD skills.

Part of their success is due to the depth and level of Stanford alumni involvement, prior ASC team members now in Industry, to coach the current student teams as well as conduct the internal “mock” competition. The involvement of our alumni as Industry Coaches in preparation is unique, and another significant factor in the team's preparation and results.

This year Jane Lin from Rudolph & Sletten took on the key responsibility of Lead Industry Coach. Jane Lin is herself an alumni of the ASC competition from 2013. Alumni Peter Worhunsky from Live Oak Construction, Julia Lind from Rudolph & Sletten, Tony Hall now at (another part of) Clark, Darryl Goodson, and Amir Dengo at DPR all returned this year from Industry to ably assist in coaching and helping conduct the mock competition which became especially important this year in pre-selection for Reno.

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