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April 15, 2002
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South Dakota Tech Does Well At Competition
Students from the South Dakota School of Mines Technology won first place in an Odyssey of the Mind contest held recently during the 2002 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Rocky Mountain Regional Student Chapter Conference. The students also raced the chemical car they designed and built.
The University of Colorado at Boulder hosted the event. The conference featured paper presentations, the Chem-E-Car poster and performance competitions and the Odyssey of the Mind competition. Nine Tech students attended. They all competed in the Odyssey of the Mind competition, hosted by the Johns Manville Corporation. The competitors were provided with a sample of product material and technical product data and given two hours to suggest potential applications for the material. Company representatives then chose the best team ideas and may explore eventual marketing. The Tech team won first place in the competition.
The team entered a hydrogen powered fuel cell model car in the race. The team placed fifth.
“The car was the only fuel cell powered vehicle and the students received many accolades for their vehicle body design and reaction power source,” team advisor Dr. David Dixon said. Dixon is an associate professor in Tech’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. “The team learned a lot and is anticipating a strong showing at future competitions.” The team:
Kevin Jordahl, Chemical Engineering, Yankton
Bob Cunningham, Chemical Engineering, Mitchell
Mike Stratton, Chemical Engineering, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Tara Boehmer, Chemical Engineering, Rapid City
Sean Coleman, Chemical Engineering, Wagner
Lisa Hendryx, Chemical Engineering, Rapid City
Gena Engel, Chemical Engineering, Colome
Anne Larson, Chemical Engineering, Albert Lea, Minn.
Bobbie Crater, Mechanical Engineering, Glasgow, Mont.
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