According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE),”a large part of EERE technology deployment depends on the U.S.’s ability to innovate, produce, install, maintain, and service advanced energy technologies.” Recognizing the importance of education in this specialized field and the value that knowledge brings to the built environment, Howard F. Sims, SDG Associates’ founder, established a Graduate Architectural Fellowship in Alternative Energy Applications at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, MI. “I am extremely interested in sustainable architecture, so I wanted to make this a priority,” Sims noted in an interview with LTU’s Proud Heritage magazine.

The fellowship gives preference to graduate students who undertake a thesis or final project in alternative energy research or design applications, assisting them in acquiring the critical workforce skills to serve this growing economy.