ASME Announces Finalists for Annual Student Design Competition

September 2010 By

NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2010 - The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will hold its annual Student Design Competition on Sunday, November 14, 2010, in Vancouver, Canada during the 2010 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Fifteen teams are slated to participate in the competition, which provides student engineerings the opportunity to experience the process of solving design challenges faced by today's engineers.

An annual event, the ASME Student Design Competition provides a platform for ASME student members to present their solutions to a range of design problems. The title and theme of this year's competition is "Earth Saver: Autonomous Material Sorter" and requires participating teams to design, build and test an autonomous system capable of accurately sorting common recyclable materials into distinct waste containers. These materials include ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics and glass.

"For students looking to enter the engineering workforce, it is imperative that they understand the types of challenges and processes faced by engineers on a daily basis," said ASME President Robert T. Simmons. "Through this competition, students have the opportunity to showcase their problem-solving skills and experience real-time engineering challenges."

The 15 student teams are from McGill University, Carnegie Mellon University, Western Kentucky University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Grand Valley State University, the University of Mississippi, California State University at Fresno, Oregon State University, the University of Alabama, the University of Tennessee, Nanyang Technological University, Lebanese American University, Yeditepe University, and LeTourneau University (which will send two teams to the competition).

The ASME Student Design Competition is just one of the many events that will be a part of the 2010 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, which also will feature technical presentations on advances in engineering research and applications. The ASME Congress will be held November 12-18, at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.