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March 15, 2011

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March 15, 2011

Design (EPICS) has worked with iCAST since I was Director of the programs. They have provide outstanding projects in a variety of arena. These projects have provided our students with engineering challenges, the opportunity to be creative and innovative and projects that require an analytical experience consistent with their level of studies at Mines. More important, as clients, Ravi and his staff has introduced the students to working with a client and have provided the mentoring they need to develop both the technical and communications skills they will carry into their careers. A very special thank you to the iCAST staff.

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Our experience with iCAST has been primarily in the classroom. The projects, however, take the students into the field and give them an opportunity to work with the customer as well.

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I would like to see the organization cloned. It is important to get the quality interactions and mentoring that the iCAST staff provides to the students. They and their customers expect a qualtiy product and this motivates the design teams. The support and authentic analytical demands of the projects give the students the exposure to engineering that drives their education. I work with three organizations of this quality but could use the services of several more like iCAST

March 12, 2011

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March 12, 2011

iCAST helped me to get real world experience while at the same time helping out economically disadvantaged people in Colorado's San Luis Valley. As a service learning intern I performed computer simulations of several houses in the San Luis Valley as part of a study on the economic feasibility of various energy efficiency and solar energy technologies specific to the San Luis Valley. The experience I gained from my work with iCAST was invaluable and the result of the study was to provide people of the San Luis Valley with general guidelines about the most cost effective ways to reduce their energy expenditures.

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helping people first hand in understanding the complicated field of sustainable building design.

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expand its reach so that it could help more people.

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March 12, 2011

ICAST is an outstanding organization that is helping communities adopt triple bottom line projects that involve University students also. Their have involved thousands of students in the last 10 years and have substantive contributions to communities they work with.

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seeing the results in communities they have helped

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increase its funding

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