|Frank Altamura ‘08
Plumbing / Transportation
The environment is something that is necessary to sustain life. Since it can’t be replaced, we need to protect what we have to ensure a healthy existence for future generations. Sustainability doesn’t mean sacrifice, just a greater understanding of how to best use the resources available to us.
The Solar Decathlon is a great way to learn about sustainability and its execution through creative engineering. By educating others about the benefits of sustainability, we can hope to make a difference in people’s habits, many of which can help to protect the environment and to ensure the availability of vital resources for future generations.
I am very involved in the Mechanical Engineering team. I am also in charge of the electric car we will drive in Washington, D.C. It is an alternative form of transportation that doesn’t use gas and can be charged from solar energy.
Post-Santa Clara Plans:
I am currently working on my 5 year Masters program at Santa Clara. When I graduate I hope to work with unmanned vehicles.
Favorite sustainable thing to do:
Conserving power by unplugging unused appliances and electronics. Using cloth bags instead of disposable grocery bags.