College of Engineering and Technology
Born in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Sciara he earned a BA degree in Psychology at the University of South Florida, married and moved to Tennessee where he worked in retail. In 1990, he was transferred to Missouri where he and his wife had two children, Aubrey and Tanner. In 1997, Mr. Sciara and his family relocated to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, resigned from the retail management field, and acquired a position as a Construction Project Manager while also starting S A Sciara Design. In 2006, he accepted a position as Project Coordinator in Foscoe, North Carolina. Mr. Sciara earned a BS degree summa cum laude in Interior Design at Appalachian State University in 2010 and earned MS degrees in Appropriate Technology and Building Science in December 2012. Mr. Sciara presented a paper in May 2012 at the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver, Colorado, co-authored by Dr. Brian Raichle. With travel to Canada, United States (lower 48), Alaska, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Iceland, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, and Jamaica, he has volunteered to benefit others, and explore the construction and technological opportunities in many geographic locations. In 2012, Mr. Sciara attended a Product Development and Innovation in Renewable Energy Supply Chain Forum at Western Carolina University. He learned of The Rapid Center on campus and decided to sponsor a project. Working with engineering students, he attended the Capstone Presentation of his invention. Mr. Sciara was informed of a position available for a Visiting Assistant Professor, applied, and assumed the role in September of 2014.
Mr. Sciara’s teaching interests include construction technology and environmental issues in construction with an emphasis on energy efficiency. He is also interested in the application of BIM software in the classroom and educating students on efficient procedures in the workplace while implementing construction ethics.
Research interests include new technology in building construction materials and improving the energy efficiency of residential building.