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Carnegie Mellon University ChemE Car

To further students' hands on engineering experience, our chapter established a Chem-E-Car team in 2006 to compete in the annual AIChE Chem-E-Car Competitions. The goal of the competition is to design a shoebox-sized car that powers and stops on a chemical reaction. The competition works like golf, where the car that stops the closest to a given distance is the winner.

Our team has attended the Mid-Atlantic Regionals with a different car every year since our establishment; we started sending two cars starting in 2013. Our cars took 1st and 5th place in 2015, and 2nd place in 2016. The top 5 finishers at Regionals have the opportunity to travel to the AIChE Annual Student Conference to compete at Nationals.

We have sent cars to Nationals for competition in 2007 (2nd place overall), 2011, 2012, 2015 ("Best Use of a Biological Reaction to Power a Car" sponsored by the Society for Biological Engineering), and 2016 (3rd place in the poster competition).