Engineering Students Vie for Bragging Rights at Battle of the Brains

Nearly 200 students competed in the first-ever engineering competition, which included a series of four engineering challenges.

Draddy Gymnasium was transformed into academic arena on April 28, as nearly 200 chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering students competed for the title of the top engineering discipline at the first ever Battle of the Brains.

Students suited up in brightly colored team T-shirts and huddled together to exchange last-minute strategies and group cheers before going head-to-head in a series of four engineering challenges — one from each discipline.

Although the competition was fierce, the mechanical engineering team won the competition, and took home the prize of the 3-D printed trophy. Electrical came in second, followed by chemical and civil.

The event was coordinated by the student board members from the College’s chapter of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

ASCE student chapter president, Vincent Terrone ’15, who helped organize the event, says the Battle of the Brains displayed the passion each engineering has for their choice of study.

“An event of this scale for the School of Engineering has never been attempted before, and our hope is that the Battle of the Brains will continue as an annual event that rallies the four engineering disciplines together in a friendly competition,” he says. “It was a huge success.”