Engineering Inside:

2015 Issue 4

Smart Buildings

Building Smart
November 2015

By connecting building systems and appliances and collecting and analyzing data about energy usage, occupancy, and external conditions like weather, smart buildings have the potential to save energy, money, and make people more comfortable in the process.Read More

IEEE Spark Has Been Discontinued

Following a strategic review by IEEE of its education activities, it has been decided to discontinue IEEE Spark. Previous issues of IEEE Spark will remain available until the end of 2017. Visitors can also continue to take advantage of IEEE’s other pre-university education resources including ( and IEEE (

Meet Chris Steffens!

November 2015

Chris Steffens is an architectural lighting designer and energy consultant in New York City, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken New Jersey. Currently, he is advising the Stevens “SURE HOUSE” team at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 competition in Irvine, California. Read More

Build a Passive Solar House

November 2015

Smart buildings use technology to make our indoor environments as energy efficient and comfortable as possible. But a building’s initial design can have a major impact on energy efficiency. In this activity, you will design and build a passive solar house. Passive design uses no mechanical or electrical devices of any kind, but uses design, orientation, and carefully selected materials instead.
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Smarty Pants

See what the Spark crew is up to in this issue!

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IEEE Spark Challenge

Think you know IEEE Spark? Test your knowledge of engineering, computing and technology with the IEEE Spark Challenge! Answer questions correctly to help your team move to the top of the leaderboard.

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Make Your Home Smarter

Want to make your home smarter? With your parents’ permission, try out a home automation project. Affordable, open-source computer platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi can make it possible for you to add smart home technology to your home.

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Collaborating for a Smarter Future

With members across all disciplines of engineering, IEEE has a unique ability to foster collaboration and innovation. In the field of smart buildings, the IEEE is setting standards, researching across disciplines, and encouraging the growth and development of new technologies.

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