Montana Tech ASME Student Chapter Places at Competition

Montana Tech ASME Student Chapter Places at Competition



The Montana Tech student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) placed second at the 2011 Student Design Competition, "H2Go: The Untapped Energy Source." The ASME Student Design Competition provides a platform for ASME student members to present their solutions to a range of design problems from everyday household tasks to groundbreaking space exploration. Each team is required to design, construct, and operate a prototype meeting the requirements of an annually determined problem statement. The conference and competition was held on April 15-16 in Cheney, WA on the campus of Eastern Washington University.

The team was tasked with designing an energy conversion device that used the potential energy of one liter of water to propel a mini car as far as possible. The purpose of the competition was to determine if rain could be used as an alternative energy source. Washington State University was the overall winner of the competition. Montana Tech placed ahead of teams from Eastern Washington University, Montana State University, and BYU. This competition was for the Northwestern part of the United States and West part of Canada (known as District D, the largest geographic district in ASME). It includes California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, and Nevada.

Montana Tech’s ASME student chapter would not be able to participate in these types of professional development activities without the support of the Associated Students of Montana Tech and NorthWestern Energy. A special thanks to chapter advisor David Bunnell, senior design mentor Richard Johnson, and Luke Meyer from the Montana Tech Foundation.