Student Design Competition

The ASME 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.

The Student Design Competition showcases the extraordinary talents of mechanical engineering students while encouraging them to develop innovative ideas towards an improved quality of life for all. Each year, several teams of up to four students compete at Student Professional Development Conferences in districts worldwide. Winners then proceed to finals at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE). Cash prizes and awards are presented to winners at both district and final competitions.

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2014 Student Design Competition:
Lighter than Air UAV


The use of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) has proved to be very efficient. They not only save the pilot from being placed in harm's way but the expense is much lower. There are uses of UAV's that have been identified. An example of one of those uses would be to observe a forest fire to provide information so the Forrest Service can determine the best way to fight the fire.

Design a small UAV to carry a cargo through two gates, see below, drop a payload and return to the starting point. This is an initial proof of concept prototype. You must design and build, at a minimum, the propulsion and control system for the UAV yourself. You cannot purchase and modify an existing commercially available vehicle. The device must be able to maneuver around and through obstacles, change height, and pass through a hoop for sizing.

A hoop approximately 0.71-m (28-in) in diameter will be used by the judges to limit the size of the vehicle. It is radio controlled.

2014 Problem Statement

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2013 Student Design Competition:
Remote Inspection Device


After the tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear facility following the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the nuclear industry has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to design and build a small, remotely-controlled inspection vehicle. The purpose of the vehicle is to determine the level of radioactivity at specified locations and inspect for damage. This vehicle will protect the human operator from absorbing a high dose of radioactive contamination. There is information that could be gained by the inspection vehicle that could inform the plant operators so that they may avert an accident or begin repairs.

Your task is to design a remotely-controlled, proof-of-concept vehicle for inspection purposes. The vehicle must be able to negotiate around obstacles, both in getting to the inspection points and in bringing the sensor back to the designated return area. The vehicle must then return to its starting location, ready for another run.

2013 Problem Statement