Chem-E-Car team travels to Salt Lake City

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Chemical engineering students competing in national challenge

2010-11 Chem-E-Car teamFour chemical engineering students will travel to Salt Lake City this week to regain TU’s notoriety in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Chem-E-Car competition.

Five years ago, TU won the national Chem-E-Car competition and went on to win the international contest in Glasgow, Scotland.

“People started to forget what TU had done five years ago,” said Chris Dean (BS ’10), captain of the TU team his senior year. “My senior year I promised my teammates that we would make our mark at regionals and get back the credit that TU deserved.”

In April, the TU Chem-E-Car team did just that. They traveled to the AIChE Regional Conference in Ames, Iowa, and placed second out of 13 cars and tied for third in the poster competition. With a second place finish, TU qualified for the national Chem-E-Car competition.

Now, they’re ready for an exciting national contest on Sunday, Nov. 7.

The main goal of the Chem-E-Car competition is to create a small car that is propelled by a chemical reaction that stops at a certain, adjustable distance. During the competition, the judges give the participants a certain distance and payload weight, neither of which is known until about an hour before the competition. The chemical design must be flexible enough to adjust to this last-minute environment.

The 2010-11 Chem-E-Car team members headed to Salt Lake City include:
• John Eason, junior
• Maddi Laizure, junior
• Sarah Seing, senior
• Wesley Wilson, senior
• Dr. Tyler Johannes, ChE faculty sponsor


Mona Chamberlin