At the end of the Spring 2022 semester, Clarkson’s Chem-E-Car SPEED team pulled off a 3rd place finish in the 2022 regional competition, guaranteeing them a spot to compete in the national competition in Phoenix, AZ this November at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting.
On the day of the competition, the teams were told the distance that the mini-car needed to travel, complete with a chemical power system and a stopping reaction. This year the distance was 20 m and the top winners were within a couple of centimeters–very, very close.
“To be this close is unusual, typically the 2nd and 3rd place finishers are within meters not centimeters,” said Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy, Professor and Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Clarkson and the Safety Judge for the event.
1st place winner was the University of Toronto – very close to the finish (20.04 m), 2nd place winner was Cornell University - very close (20.24 m), and Clarkson University won 3rd place with 20.28 m! The SPEED Team President is Carolyne Shultes, the faculty advisors are Simona Liguori and Ian McCrum.