This past weekend the McGill Chem-E Car team attended the annual AIChE Northeastern Student Regional Competition. This year, the AIChE Northeastern Student Regional Conference was hosted by Northeastern University and by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.
The Chem-E Car competition is an undergraduate design competition hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in which teams of engineers from universities from across North America design and build small cars powered and stopped exclusively by chemical reactions. The primary objective of the competition is a performance competition in which the car must carry a weight between 0 and 500 grams over a precise distance between 15 and 30 meters. The distance and weight are announced an hour before the start of the competition.
This is only the second year that McGill Chem-E Car has participated in the competition. Last year, the team placed 6th overall. This year, having a bit of experience under their belt, the team set out to improve their design and improve on their last year's standing.
We are pleased to announce that at this year's competition, the McGill Chem-E Car Team has placed 2nd at the competition and has qualified to compete at the National AIChE Chem-E Car Competition to be held in November in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This is an exciting feat because it is the first time an East Canadian Chem-E Car Team has qualified for the National Competition and is the first time a team representing McGill has qualified.
The team is looking forward to improving their current design and is proud to be representing McGill University for the first time at the AIChE National Competition.