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Chem-E-Car Team Prepares for National Competition

Release Date:
4/30/2014 12:00 AM

April 30, 2014

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The UNH Chem-E car team in the lab. From left to right: David DuPont,
Parker Mathis, Kayla Fitzgerald, Sadie Redman, Jeffrey Parsons,
Robert Errichetti, and Andrew Ethier

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – A chemical-powered car designed and built by a team of engineering students at the University of New Haven took third place in the Northeast region of the Chem-E-Car Competition, advancing to the national tournament to be held later this year.

The UNH car, Pandora’s Charger, finished behind two cars operated by Cornell University at the regional event held March 7 at the University of Connecticut.

“Our team has worked extremely hard to place at regionals, but we will be working even harder to fine tune our car so we can stay competitive against the best schools in the country,” said team treasurer Jeffery Persons, a junior from Kensington, Conn."We may have a small program in chemical engineering, but our students are having big successes," said Ronald Harichandran, dean of engineering.

The Chem-E-Car competition requires teams to construct a self-propelled, chemically powered vehicle that safely travels a preset distance while carrying a specified cargo. Teams are not told the distance that the car must travel and the specified cargo that the vehicle will carry until an hour before the competition begins. 

The Chem-E-Car national competition will be held in Atlanta from Nov. 16 to 21.

Members of the UNH team are: David DuPont ’15 of Wynantskill, N.Y.; Robert Errichetti ’16 of Trumbull, Conn.; Andrew Ethier ’15, of Schuylerville, N.Y.; Kayla FitzGerald ’15, of Lunenburg, Mass.; Parker Mathis ’15, of Ridgefield, Conn.; and Sadie Redman ’15, of Bangor, Maine.

Arthur Gow, an associate professor of chemistry and chemical engineering in UNH’s Tagliatela College of Engineering, serves as the team’s faculty adviser.

For more information, contact Gow at

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