PITTSBURGH (April 9, 2019) — Undergraduate students from the
University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering brought two cars sailing
to the finish line in this year’s Regional Chem-E-Car Competition at the 2019
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) MidAtlantic Regional Student
Conference. Their placements qualify them to compete in the AIChE Chem-E-Car
International Competition at the AIChE Annual Conference, held in Orlando,
Fla., in November.
The Pitt team placed third and fifth for their two cars out
of the 23 raced in the competition. The
qualifying teams are:
1.Virginia Tech 2.Stony Brook University3.University of Pittsburgh4.City College of New York 5.University of Pittsburgh (2)6.Rutgers University
The Chem-E-Car Competition
requires student teams to create a small car with chemical propulsion and
stopping mechanisms such that it will travel a specified distance and carry a
payload (0-500 ml of water). Prior to the competition, all teams had to complete
safety training and testing and submit an engineering documentation package.
Teams also had to provide a poster detailing the research they conducted for
the creation of their car and pass the safety inspection to ensure that their
car will compete safely.
“The team was able to successfully create not only one car that
placed in the top five, but two. It’s an impressive feat that they should be
proud of,” says Taryn Bayles, PhD, vice chair for education and professor of
chemical and petroleum engineering at the Swanson School. “We’re excited to see
what the competition in November brings.”
On the day of the competition, the team received their chemicals
and were provided the distance that their car must travel, which was 56 feet
this year. The MidAtlantic Regional Student Conference, which included
institutions in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland,
Virginia and West Virginia, took place April 5-7, 2019, at Penn State
Pitt’s Chem-E-Car team is made of a diverse group of
students who range from freshmen to seniors with majors in chemical engineering,
biology, and electrical and computer engineering. Chem-E-Car team members who
were at the Regional Conference include:
Michael Bosley, Michael Bremer, Simon Cao, Claibourne Countess, Jean
Fiore, Nicholas Hages, Pamela Keller, Harold Moll, Kevin Padgett, Anthony
Popovski, Charles Robinson, Mor Shimshi, Grace Watson and Shiva Yagobian. The
team was sponsored by Lubrizol and BASF.
The car's trek to Florida is featured in a short spotlight video.
In addition to the ChemE Car competition, the ChemE Jeopardy
team competed against 18 other teams, and after three rounds of competition
made it to the finals to face teams from UPenn and Johns Hopkins.
Jeopardy team members included Michael Bremer, Kenton Quach,
Charles Robinson and Nicholas Youwakim.
Maggie Pavlick, 4/9/2019
Contact: Maggie Pavlick