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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Newsletter – Summer 2015

WSU student team participates in national chemical car competition

Students from WSU’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at a national chemical car competition in Atlanta, GeorgiaA group of WSU chemical engineering students traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, this year to participate in a national student conference and chemical car competition. The students from WSU’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) secured a spot in the national student conference and chemical car competition after taking second place in last spring’s Pacific Northwest regional competition. The competition, which included 35 teams from around the United States, requires that a chemically-powered car travel 25 meters while carrying a sizeable cargo and then stop as close as possible to the finish line. WSU students developed the idea for the national AIChE competition more than a decade ago.

At the conference, the WSU chemical car team members also participated in a poster competition and safety training. Several students attended a leadership training program and networking session with the executive officer committee and the young professionals of AIChE. Junior Anna-Marie Weed took third place in the undergraduate poster competition. The students received support to participate in the competition from Alaska Airlines, BP, and Phillips-66.