Who Needs A Shovel? Paramus Family Melts Snowfall Away
PARAMUS, N.J. — Unlike most New Jerseyans, the Parikh family of Paramus couldn't wait for Winter Storm Jonas -- it let them try out their one-of-a-kind geothermal/solar snow-melt system for the first time.

Unlike most New Jerseyans, the Parikh family of Paramus couldn’t wait for Winter Storm Jonas – it let them try out their one-of-a-kind geothermal/solar snow-melt system for the first time.

The snow might have climbed over two feet in some parts of Bergen and Passaic counties, but the heated driveway and walkway outside the Parikh house melted an inch and a half an hour.

When it was done, there was nothing left to shovel.

“What we are doing is using the environment to battle the environment,” said Asit Parikh, who helped his father Raj develop what they call “Zenesis House.”

From 2012 to 2015, Raj Parikh — an engineer and chairman of the engineering & architecture firm Metropolitan Building Consulting Group — rebuilt his Paramus home stud by stud to be eco-friendly and entirely self-sufficient, Asit said.

The home captures rainwater year round and then uses a solar thermal system to heat the water to 105 degrees, which is stored in multiple insulated tanks, explained Asit, who is a Passive House designer and NYC Real Estate broker.

The water then supplements two ground-source heat pumps developed by Raj to constantly supply 100-degree water to the driveway and walkways, which is distributed via a network of heating pipes underneath the concrete.

The melted snow from the driveway and walkway is recycled back into the system, re-heated, and then used for laundry, irrigation, and toilet water.

The home uses excess electricity produced by its solar photovoltaic system to pump the heated water through the snow melt system, Asit said.

Zenesis House is his family’s response to climate change.

“We wanted to draw a line in the sand against climate change and not have a house that used gas or oil,” he said.

Asit said Raj, who is also a research engineer with Cooper Union Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation, has plans to patent their system.

“Nobody is going to question our heating system when it melts away blizzards,” Asit said.  “We are creating a green building people want to live in.”


EDIT: A key feature that will enable Zenesis House to achieve Passive House and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification is Foamglas, a cellular glass insulator that is flame, moisture, and insect resistant.

I always thought it was weird that things are titled “for scientists and engineers”. As though engineers are not scientists?

I get those “scientists” are general scientists who do basic research. But engineers are applied scientists, are they not?

“Engineering students are stereotyped as not being fun. What’s worse is that even when we have an interview, the interviewers think that engineering students have no sense of humor. But it’s not like that at all… even I like to crack jokes sometimes, and I’m good at it. So up until now, I introduce myself by saying, ‘I’m an engineering student who is witty, with an excellent sense of humor.’”

“공대생들은 재미 없다는 편견이 있어요. 심지어 면접을 보러 가도 공대생이라 센스없을 거라고 생각하시더라고요. 그렇지 않은데… 저만 해도 사람들 웃기는 걸 좋아하고, 또 잘 하거든요. 그래서 전 이제 아예 저를 ‘굉장한 센스와 재치를 겸비한 공대생 누구누구 입니다.’ 라고 소개해요.”

Engineering Tissues to Rebuild Bodies

Imagine a world where people can get new limbs, even organs, grown just for them! Watch this new Fast Draw video and see why ‪NSF-funded‬ tissue engineers are so passionate about the ultimate growth industry!

Elsie MacGill

Aeronautical engineer Elsie MacGill was born on March 27, 1905 in Vancouver, Canada. She earned the nickname “Queen of the Hurricanes” from her work during World War II, when she devised methods to quickly produce Hawker Hurricane airplanes, designing machines that would make over sixty thousand different parts. She would later serve as a technical advisor for the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization. In 1967, she won the Centennial Medal from the Government of Canada, in the 1980s she was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

Elsie MacGill died in 1980 at the age of 75.
For the first time, a US college had more female engineering graduates than men
It's happening!
By Fiona MacDonald

Dartmouth College has just announced that it had more women than men graduate from its engineering course this year - an accomplishment they’re claiming is a first for any research university in the US.

While more and more women have been enrolling in engineering courses over the past decade, this is reportedly the first time graduating females have outweighed males anywhere in the country - suggesting that we might finally be approaching the tipping point for the male domination of the field.

Although this is crazy exciting news, there are a couple of things to mention here. First, we’re taking Dartmouth’s word on the whole “first research college in the US” thing for now - it hasn’t been independently verified as yet.