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OSU chemical engineering hosts ChemE Car competition

(STILLWATER, Okla., February 3, 2017) – The School of Chemical Engineering at OSU hosted its 17th annual ChemE Car competition.

The competition consisted of two parts: poster and car. Participants divided into four teams of four to five students to prepare a poster and build a car. Each team delivered a poster presentation that detailed the cost and creation of its car. Judges were from the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, which also sponsored the event.

Poster winners: Team Orange Juice
Josh Baker – Choctaw, OK
John Hayes – Broken Arrow, OK
Holly Palmer – Cashion, OK
Nathan Shellady – Sapulpa, OK
Sara Wilson – Owasso, OK

For the car component, each team had two chances to run their car on a flat surface. The car that traveled the longest without driving itself out of bounds was the winner.

Car winners: Team ABS(0) or Absolute Zero
Musaad Al-Jafari – Saudi Arabia
Luke Bower – Claremore, OK
Joshua Sallee – Broken Arrow, OK
Adam Summers – Ponca City, OK

Their car traveled 57 feet and four inches on its first run and 76 feet and six inches on its second run.

Sundar Madihally, associate chemical engineering professor, has been a part of the ChemE Car competition since 2002.

“It has been a fun activity for students and industry participants,” says Madihally. “It has the students turn theoretical knowledge into practical use.”

The winning teams received trophies at a ceremony after the races finished. Team ABS (0) will go on to compete at the ChemE Car regional competition in Tulsa, OK.


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