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.

Major funding provided by:

Boeing

 
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Robots for Relief

Delivering aid, including clean water, food, fuel, and medical supplies to places, such as the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, is a difficult task, as transporting bulk materials over uneven and rough terrain, in tight spaces, and over long distances is often required to help those in need.

This year's challenge is to design and develop a scaled-down version of a transporter capable of delivering granular materials, which will be guided by, at most, one person.

2015 Problem Statement >>

To post 2015 SDC related questions, please register on http://community.asme.org, create your profile, and then use the link below to post your question. If you have already registered, proceed directly to the following link to post your question.

https://community.asme.org/student_design_competition_
teams/w/wiki/10603.2015-student-design-competition-faqs-robots-for-relief.aspx

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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 >>

To post 2014 SDC related questions, please register on http://community.asme.org, create your profile, and then use the link below to post your question. If you have already registered, proceed directly to the following link to post your question.

https://community.asme.org/student_design_
competition_teams/f/6255/t/708.aspx