Engineering club impresses at first-ever national Chem-E-Car competition
California Baptist University chemical engineering students work on their Chem-E-Car.
Riverside, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2016)—Chemical engineering students from California Baptist University received recognition for the team’s first-ever showing at the national Chem-E-Car competition on Nov. 13.
The team won the Golden Tire Award, which is presented to the car deemed most unique in design by competing teams. Additionally, the team was awarded third place for a poster the team designed that describes how the car operates. Furthermore, CBU’s Chem-E-Car earned a top 20 finish in the competition.
The Chem-E-Car competition, which took place in San Francisco, featured 41 teams, including 10 international teams.
The annual competition pitted universities’ American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) clubs against each other. The teams designed and constructed cars powered with a chemical energy source. In the competition, the car is tasked to carry a specified load over a given distance. In April, the CBU team placed third in the regional competition, which qualified the team for the national competition.
The finish is a great showing for CBU’s chemical engineering program, said Dr. Mark Anklam, professor of chemical engineering and chair of the program.
“This competition represents a great way for students to get involved with a project and have fun applying principles learned in the classroom,” Anklam said. “This can be a great draw for prospective students.”