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Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 1:00 am
By Scott Cornell scornell@ncnlocal.com | 0 comments

OLD WESTBURY – Yorktown resident Dominic Tetro is combining his passion for design with the demand for energy-efficient technology.
Tetro, 23, a student at the New York Institute of Technology, is a finalist in the school’s USS Intrepid Design Competition.
On a team with nine other students, Tetro is designing a state-of-the-art green aircraft restoration naval bay for mechanics to paint and clean up planes aboard the USS Intrepid in Manhattan.
Creating a tent placed aboard the ship where mechanics can prepare planes for show, is the competition’s goal, Tetro said. Included in the design by Tetro’s team are a learning classroom and an observation deck, to be built with the mechanic’s bay.
“We took that idea and drew a basic layout with a classroom, garage and pathways that go through it,” Tetro said. “We used a lot of solar panels and wind turbines to leave zero-carbon footprint on the ship and whatever power the tent is not using will go back to the ship.”
The number five is symbolic to many of the crew members aboard the USS Intrepid; the ship was involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and was attacked five times in its history, so Tetro’s team incorporated the number in as many aspects of the design as possible, he said.
His team’s design passed the first round of elimination.
“We have a very good set of engineers on our team who worked hard to find the best energy-efficient systems, in terms of things like electrical and solar panels,” Tetro said. “Our presentation alone, was really good and we were confident in our design in the beginning but now we’re way more confident that our design and our systems are very strong.”
The school first began with 12 teams competing for the best design, but that number was cut in half after the first round of elimination Oct. 29, Tetro said. Teams kept their designs a secret but seeing other ideas made Tetro realize how other teams and students viewed the project differently, he said.
“I’m pretty confident our design is what they (the judges) are looking for,” Tetro said. “It’s modern looking, but not over the top and it almost looks like a hangar, itself.”
Tetro’s team is comprised of three architecture majors, including himself, two education majors, a pre-medical student and four engineers. Architecture is something that has always interested Tetro, who first attended the University of Hartford, Hartford, Conn., to study architecture after graduating from Kennedy Catholic High School in 2005.
After two years in Connecticut, Tetro transferred to the New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus in Long Island to be closer to New York City and to attend an accredited school, he said.
Beginning his college career in Hartford helped him grow as a leader, Tetro said, who is president of the student government at his school and is a member of a fraternity. A friend of his in the Sustainability Club, a group Tetro belongs to at school, piqued his interest in the Intrepid Design Competition, he said.
The 10 team members brainstormed and designed the hangar together, using a $1 million budget.
The team was scheduled to present its design to a panel of judges that include school officials, city planners and the mechanic who requested a new hangar be built aboard the Intrepid, Tetro said. Tetro was responsible for helping to build the physical model and give the presentation.
The competition began in September. The winner will be announced at the Intrepid Museum and the first-place design will serve as the basis for the hangar reconstruction aboard the ship.
The winning design will also guide the curriculum of senior-level classes for engineering, computer science and architecture and design classes.
Cash prizes include $3,000 for first place, $2,400 for second place and $1,500 for third place.
To check out Tetro’s design, visit http://www.nyit.edu/images/uploads/about/Large_AlphabetSoup1.jpg and to learn more about the Intrepid Design Competition, visit www.nyit.edu/intrepid.
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