Chemical Engineering Students from Manhattan College Awarded First Place at AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition

A team of eight future chemical engineers, rising juniors and seniors from Manhattan College, demonstrated their skills in building a chemically powered automobile at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Chem-E-Car Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and received a first place finish.

A team of eight future chemical engineers, rising juniors and seniors from Manhattan College, demonstrated their skills in building a chemically powered automobile at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Chem-E-Car Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and received a first place finish. The regional conference was held at Johns Hopkins University, and Manhattan College will compete in the national competition in Salt Lake City in November.

This year’s AIChE Chem-E-Car Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference reached its highest attendance with 250 undergraduate student participants from 22 Eastern region colleges and universities. Student teams faced the task of designing and constructing a chemically powered automobile, the battery and stopping mechanism. The team spent several weeks prior to the event calibrating their car to address any distance and load that may be assigned.  More specifically, the exact distance the vehicle is required to travel (between 50 and 100 feet) and the load it is to carry (between 0 and 100 grams) are not revealed until one hour before the competition begins.
 
“The Chem-E Car competition is an opportunity for chemical engineering programs from different schools to compete on the same playing field,” said James Patrick Abulencia, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical engineering. “It is quite an honor for our students to be competing with peer groups such as Cornell, Cooper Union and Johns Hopkins, and I am proud of their outstanding achievements.”
 
Bucknell University, Cornell University, Drexel University and The Cooper Union also finished in the top five.
 
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