The UTK ASME Design Team won third place in ASME’s Student Design Competition, which took place at ASME’s North America East Engineering Festival (E-Fest) at Tennessee Tech on April 21-23.
Forty-eight teams, including the University of Florida, University of Alabama, and international team National Tsing Hua University, competed in the design competition.
This year’s competition was a Pentathlon, with each of the events contributing to a team’s overall rank. The events included a 10-meter sprint, a tennis ball throw, a golf ball hit, a stair climb, and a weight lift. The UTK team did great in all of the events—winning third in the sprint, seventh in the lift, fifth in the throw, sixth in climb, and seventh in the hit. They ended up with a total score of 28, which was only 8 points behind the first place team’s score of 20.
According to ASME, the 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.
ASME also held design competitions at their E-Fest Asia Pacific in India, and E-Fest North America West in Las Vegas.