NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2012 — A team of student engineers at the Institut Superieur de L’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in France won the first-place award in the 2012 ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Student Design Competition held Nov. 11, in Houston.
The engineering school, based in Toulouse, bested a field of 20 teams in “Energy Relay,” which challenged students to apply the basic principles of alternative energy in the design four self-propelled devices, three of which were capable of transferring energy to trigger motion in subsequent devices positioned on a 12-meter course.
“The Student Design Competition has a long and successful track record within ASME for enabling students to grow their skills in engineering design, teamwork, and problem-solving beyond classroom learning,” said Marc W. Goldsmith, president of ASME. “We congratulate all contestants for an event which was exciting and fun-filled.”
The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, finished second in the competition, while Khalifa University of Science (United Arab Emirates), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the University of Wyoming shared third-place honors.
The ASME Student Design Competition was held in conjunction with the Society’s 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, which continues to Nov. 15 at Hilton Americas Houston.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.