Morristown-based Schindler Elevator Corp., the North American unit of Switzerland-based Schindler Group, awards a total of $100,000 to the 12 finalists in the international competition for university students.
NJIT won an honorable mention and a $7,500 prize in the contest.
“Infrastructure is more than a utility, it’s something that people share that supports and improves collective life,” the academic supervisor for the Newark-based college's team, assistant professor Jesse LeCavalier said in a prepared statement.
“The competition,” LeCavalier said, “allows students to get comfortable with complex challenges, teaching the value of collaboration, flexibility and balancing the need for forward thinking with sensitivity to what’s currently happening on the ground.”
“While much of our work in mobility infrastructure is at the scale of the building, the core of our thinking is both urban and global,” Andre Inserra, CEO, Schindler Americas, said in a statement.
“Understanding the urban environment and our role in its development is a priority, which is why we established the Schindler Global Award. Taken together, these projects reflect cutting-edge thinking about how our cities are designed and understood.
“Through the Schindler Global Award, we have found a way to connect everyday infrastructure with the urban systems and populations it supports.”
The winning team, from Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidad in Brazil, won a $25,000 grand prize, while other teams won prizes ranging from $15,000 to $5,000.
The other American finalist, a team from the University of Virginia, won a $5,000 travel grant.
The awards ceremony took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
For Strauss’ full story, click here.