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Clarkson University Chem-E-Car Team in Competition at Regional Conference
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The students 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 car to travel 50 feet and carry a load of 250 ml of water. The Clarkson car was designed using a temperature gradient in order produce electricity based on a reaction of calcium chloride, baking soda and water.
The Clarkson Chem-E-Car team members are chemical engineering seniors Bradley Buchheit from Lebanon, Ore.; Nathan Jean from Washington, Vt.; Andrew Maslyn from Rochester, N.Y.; and Michelle Pede from Minoa, N.Y.; junior Jared Robillard from Williston, Vt.; sophomores Stephen Graham from Sandy Hook, Conn.; Jessica Lewis from Hammond, N.Y.; Douglas Lim from Newton, Mass.; Matthew Scheiner from Worcester, N.Y.; and Jordan Young from Philadelphia, N.Y.; and freshmen Tyler Martin from Berlin, N.H.; Garrett Liddil (chemistry major) from North Haven, Conn.; Gunnar Stratton from Bradford, N.H.; and Edward Howell from Staten Island, N.Y. Their advisors are Ian I. Suni, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Robert J. 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 and Turner Construction Company.
Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.