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NJIT's Chem-E-Car Places Second at Regional Conference

NJIT’s AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Chem-E-Car received second place during the Regional AIChE Conference at the University of Virginia on March 29.

Chem-E-Car is AIChE's annual competition engaging college students in designing and constructing a car powered by a chemical energy source that will safely carry a specified load over a given distance and stop. The teams are told at the time of the competition the distance that the car must travel and the specified cargo that the vehicle will carry. The competition, which involves multiple regional competitions and a final competition at the Annual Student conference, increases awareness of the chemical engineering discipline among the public, industry leaders, educators and other students.

On the day of the competition, the team was given a target distance of 16 meters and given a load of 100 mL of water to carry. By adjusting the photochromic timing reaction, NJIT was able to stop the car 0.525 meters from the target. NJIT’s team is now qualified for the 2014 National Chem-E-Car competition which will be held this October in Atlanta, Georgia.

This achievement acknowledges the countless efforts made by the 2014 Chem-E-Car team:  Johnpaul Golinski, Elsa Goncalves, Anthony Ippolito, Emmanuel Marseille-Doris, Jaymin Patel, James Shearman and financial support from the Chemical Engineering department as well as the Dean’s office.