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Engineers Day Competitions


Quiz Bowl

One of the more popular events during Engineers Day is the Quiz Bowl competition sponsored by Tau Beta Pi (the National Engineering Honor Society). The Quiz Bowl gives visiting students a chance to show how much they know about science and math topics by working in teams of four to complete a thirty-minute written examination consisting of sixty to seventy multiple choice questions. The four teams with the best scores advance to the semifinal round, and the contest concludes with the two top teams going head-to-head for the coveted Quiz Bowl Championship.

On October 22, 2015, the Oak Ridge High School team of Tyr Hondorf, Curtis Robertson, Joe Andrews, and Simon Mason won first place. The winning team received a gold trophy as recognition of their achievement.

A team from Hardin Valley High School, comprised of Ramya Deshpande, Weishan Liao, Brady Henderson, Jered Hunn, Sean Toll, Rowan Palmer, and Max Jones, was awarded a silver trophy for second place. For a complete listing of Quiz Bowl results, download the Quiz Bowl Competition Results.


ASCE Balsa Wood Bridge Competition

Another fun and exciting part of the day is the annual High School Balsa Wood Bridge Competition sponsored by the UT Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Schools are encouraged to participate by constructing miniature balsa wood bridges and bring them to Engineers Day to be tested for structural efficiency.

Balsawood Bridge First Place 2015

First Place, above: From left, Phillip Arrington and Austin Boling from Happy Valley High School.

Balsawood Bridge Second Place 2015

Second Place, above: Caitlin Carrico from Hampton High School.

Balsawood Bridge Third Place 2015

Third Place, above: Luis Reynoso from Unicoi County High School.

ASCE Balsa Wood Bridge Competition Winners for 2015

First Place – Phillip Arrington and Austin Boling from Happy Valley High School
Second Place – Caitlin Carrico from Hampton High School
Third Place – Luis Reynoso from Unicoi County High School

For the 2015 competition, download the 2015 Balsa Wood Bridge Competition Results (PDF).


Egg Drop Competition

The Egg Drop Competition has quickly become one of the most popular events at Engineers Day. Sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Advantage student chapter, this competition encourages students to design a device that will protect a "free range" grade A egg from breaking when dropped with the focus being on the materials used to protect the egg.

Egg Drop Winners for 2015

First Place – Ward Manneschmidt. Score: 30.49
School: Farragut High School

Second Place – Zehari Suggs. Score: 32.04
School: Southwind High School

3rd Place – Kah Choang and Zaky Hussein. Score: 33.98
School: Farragut High School

For a complete listing of the results, download the Egg Drop 2015 Results.


Newspaper Tower Competition

The Newspaper Tower Competition was sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE at UTK). Students were asked to design and assemble a newspaper tower with given supplies and limited time. This competition's goal is to show that in engineering you must be able to work in a team with a tight budget and deadlines while making a safe product.

Webb School — Newspaper Tower First Place 2015

The team from Webb High School, above, earned first place in the Newspaper Tower Competition.

Newspaper Tower Competition Winners for 2015

First Place: Anderson Baker, Elliott Headden, Daniel Nutt, and Stockton Webb from Webb High School

Second Place: Tyler Morton, Redmond Sweitzer, and Gil Turner from West High School

Third Place: Lara Blockland, Madison Oldendorf, and Max Wildgruber from Oak Ridge High School


Radiation Shielding Competition

The Radiation Shielding Competition was sponsored by the American Nuclear Society. A radiation shield, simply put, is anything that blocks radiation from an intended target. In this competition, we consider gamma radiation from a laboratory source. Gamma rays are high energy photons speeding through matter until they collide with it. When a gamma ray collides, it deposits energy into the matter. Because gamma rays are so penetrating, it's possible to detect them through other matter (walls, floors, ect.). By using a detector (a device that recognizes incident radiation) we can tell where radiation is coming from.

Radiation Shielding Competition Winners for 2015
First Place – Caleb Noe from Roane County High School

Second Place – Carl Edwards from Webb High School

Third Place – Alicia Ledesma from Lenoir City High School

For a complete listing of the results, download the Radiation Shielding 2015 Results.


Exhibit Award Winners for 2015

Class I Exhibits
  • First Place – American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE) - The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Second Place – Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society) - Future City
  • Third Place – American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) - Chemical Engineering at the University of Tennessee
Class II Exhibits
  • First Place – American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Second Place (tie) – Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) - EcoCar
  • Second Place (tie) – American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) - American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Engineers
  • Second Place (tie) – Biomedical Engineering Society (BMSE) - Biomechanics: Building a Model Arm
  • Third Place – Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) - Newspaper Tower Competition
Class III Exhibits
  • First Place – Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) - The Use of Transportation Technology to Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
  • Second Place (tie) – Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) - Department Tour
  • Second Place (tie) – College of Engineering Ambassadors - College of Engineering Campus Tours
  • Third Place– CURENT Engineering Research Center - Lab Tour of FNET and Visualization Room
 

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