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Professor Presents ZEM House at International Exhibition

Professor and five students inside ZEM House.

Professor Jinny Rhee with students inside their ZEM house.

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Jinny Rhee will present “The Multidisciplinary, Zero-Emissions House Student Project at San Jose State University” at dasHAUS, an internationally acclaimed exhibition that connects industry professionals in the United States and Canada with the latest market-ready renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions from Germany. The event will be held Feb. 17-26 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Rhee will speak on University Day Feb. 24, followed by Cal, Stanford and San Francisco State professors. She will present the zero-emissions house designed and built last year by a team of 25 students from five departments. One of San Jose State’s most ambitious interdisciplinary senior projects ever, the house was built more for learning than living, though all the techniques are very much applicable to real homes including insulation made from recycled denim jeans. The project was funded by a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant. Rhee was the principal investigator. Co-principal investigators were David Parent (electrical engineering), Anuradha Basu (business), Leslie Speer (industrial design), and Larry Gerston (political science). Read more on the ZEM house.