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Members of the IIT NECA Student Chapter accept an award for 2018 Student Chapter of the Year at the NECA National Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has a longstanding commitment to encouraging and supporting students who are interested in pursuing careers in the electrical construction industry.  Illinois Tech is fortunate to have one of the most active NECA Student Chapters in the U.S.  Illinois Tech NECA Student Chapter members major in Industrial Technology and Management, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Electrical Engineering.  INTM adjunct faculty member, Dr. Dan Tomal, supervises chapter activities, with support from professional members of the Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA), a subsidiary of NECA. 

Chapter members and ECA have been instrumental in establishing the School of Technology’s (SAT) Smart Tech Lab that opened in 2017. The Lab houses donated equipment and services from many electrical construction and contracting companies for students to use in hands-on projects related to embedded systems, wireless technologies, and green energy .  In 2018, the chapter was featured in a NECA National Video showcasing the Lab and its cutting-edge work and opportunities to work with new lighting and electronics technologies.

Chapter members have also participated in IIT’s Interprofessional Project (IPRO) courses, sponsored by ECA for many years.  In these IPROs-- Techno-Economics of Smart Grid Renewable Energy Technology” and “Developing Insights that Support Energy Efficiency Improvement Strategies for Varied Build Environments--  students have designed energy efficient plans for many Chicago landmark buildings and  learned to enhance energy efficiency while adhering to the strict landmark status Building Codes.   The buildings include Chicago's Soldier Field, Chicago’s historic Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, a Chicago Public School, and the Chicago Institute of Cultural Affairs.  Many of their projects have been entered in a Green Energy Challenge, a national competition for universities held at annually at NECA’s National Conferences in various cities in the U.S.  IIT students have won 1st and 3rd place in several of the Challenges over the years.

For information about IIT NECA Student Chapter membership, contact Dr. Dan Tomal, tomal@iit.edu

Video of NECA available for download here.