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UNH Places Second in Northeast

Students Moving On to San Francisco in Chem-E-Car Competition

Chem-E-Car team members (left to right) Kayla Fitzgerald, Mina Elias, Jeffrey Parsons and David Dupont.

In a field of 8 competitors from universities throughout the northeast, the UNH team finished second in the Chem-E-Car competition, assuring a place in the national competition to be held at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in November 2014.  The regional competition was held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  First place went to a team from Cornell University.  

Mina Elias was team captain and supervisor, also in charge of electricals. David Dupont was second in command and in charge of chemicals. Kayla Fitzgerald was bookkeeper and in charge of mechanicals. Jeff Parsons was head assistant and in charge of stopping mechanism trials.

The UNH team also placed third out of nine in the poster competition associated with the Chem-E-Car activity. 

The Chem-E-Car competition requires team members to design and construct a chemically powered vehicle within certain size constraints to carry a specified cargo.  At the time of the competition the team is told the distance that the car must travel and the specified cargo that the vehicle will carry. Entries deemed unsafe by the judges are disqualified. The winner is determined by a combined score, for traveling the correct distance, and for creativity.