A team of electrical engineering students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has built and installed a solar-powered charging bench (SPCB) at Charger Way and John Wright Road. A ribbon cutting to celebrate the new addition to campus will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m., after which the bench will be available for public use.
Powered by renewable energy, the SPCB will provide a place for students, faculty, and visitors to easily charge their mobile devices while enjoying the outdoors. The students involved – Patrick Doyle, Ashley Johnson, Beverly Martin, and Donna Baughn – created the bench for their senior design project, a requirement of UAH's electrical engineering undergraduate degree program.
The team's goal, says Baughn, was to design something that would "not only reflect our passion for giving back to the community and contributing in a positive way, but would also use renewable energy." Dennis Hite, a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, served as an advisor to the group, known collectively as "The Bench Warmers." The project also received invaluable support from two community partners, Jacobs and TVA.