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11-30-2007

Clarkson University Chem-E-Car Team Competes at National Conference

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The Clarkson University Chem-E-Car team competed at the national American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiChe) conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, earlier this month.

The teams designed and built a model-sized car, powered by a non-combustion chemical reaction, that carried a specified cargo a certain distance. This year's competition specifications required the cars to travel 67 feet with a load of 350mL. The Clarkson Chem-E-Car, known as the "Goodness Gradient," traveled 10 feet the first trial and 12 feet in the second trial, finishing 20 out of 32 teams.chemecar2007f

The Clarkson Chem-E-Car team members are seniors Bradley Buchheit of Lebanon, Ore., Michele Pede of Minoa, N.Y., Adam Ruskin of Brookfield, Conn.; sophomores Jordan Young of Philadelphia, N.Y., Douglas Lim of Newton, Mass., Jessica Lewis of Hammond, N.Y.; and freshmen Tyler Martin of Berlin, N.H., and Andrew Maslyn of Rochester, N.Y. Their advisors are Ian Suni, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Robert Davis, director of the SPEED program.

The SPEED program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives, exemplifying Clarkson's "defy convention" approach to education. SPEED promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 350 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design, analysis, and fabrication. In addition, students learn real-world business skills, such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communications skills. SPEED receives its primary financial support from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation with contributions from ExxonMobil, Turner Construction Company and the New York Power Authority.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo caption: The Clarkson University Chem-E-Car recently competed at the National AiChe conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here, some members of the team prepares before competition. Left to right: Tyler Martin, Andrew Maslyn, Jessy Lewis, Jordan Young, and Bradley Buchheit

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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