Meet the Team – Kory Olko

Kory Olko is studying Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and he is working on behalf of the Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Systems team. When Kory first came to Embry-Riddle, he was originally in the Aerospace Engineering program and made the decision to switch based on the environmentally-conscious projects available. Kory’s favorite part of the house is the building’s integrated photovoltaic system.

When Kory completes his education at Embry-Riddle, he hopes to find work in the Solar industry, and what better experience to have than working on the Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Systems team for Team Daytona Beach!

To learn more about Kory and his involvement in the Solar Decathlon, the Communications team asked him a series of questions:

  1. What are you most excited for? I am most excited about actually putting the photovoltaic array together. We spend so much time in the design phase, but getting my hands on the system that we have been designing will be both fun and rewarding experience.
  2. What is your favorite part of the BEACH House? My favorite part of the house is the Building Integrated Photovoltaic system that is going into the house. I was a part of that team in its beginning stages, but have since moved on to the PV system itself. It’s still very interesting to see the progress that this group makes each week.
  3. What’s something surprising about you that we wouldn’t know? In the 6th grade for my science fair project, I borrowed some small solar panels from her department and measured how the angle of the cells affected their voltage output. I’ve always shown interest in photovoltaic systems, but now I get to put some experience behind it.

Thank you, Kory, for all of the hard work you have put into the BEACH House! Team Daytona Beach is extremely lucky to have you!

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