AICHE Chem-E Car team finishes 2016 competition 10th in the world

NMSU CHMEs celebrate the team's performance in the AICHE Chem-E Car competition at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

NMSU CHMEs celebrate the team’s performance in the AICHE Chem-E Car competition in San Francisco.  

After qualifying at the regional tournament in Tucson back in April, the NMSU American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) Chem-E Car team competed against 41 finalists from around the world on Sunday, November 13 in the finals held in San Francisco, CA.  

AIChE’s annual Chem-E-Car CompetitionĀ® engages 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 NMSU team had two strong runs, each stopping within a few inches of the goal.  The competition was fierce with the winning South Korean team stopping less an inch from the target, which was over 17 meters from the starting line.  

“The level of commitment these kids demonstrated to permit them to compete with some of the strongest chemical engineering programs in the world was enjoyable to watch.  Even more important was the level of professionalism with which each team member and supporter conducted themselves at the event.  NMSU has reason to be proud of this group,” said CHME Department Head Dr. Rockstraw. 

Team members Jessica Miller, Lupita Marquez, Sophia Vessel, Dylan Stupka, and Graham Hoffman were joined by Diego Gomez (current president), Sicilee Macklin (president-elect), Cody Cockreham, Mike Smith, Eric DeLong (BSCHE 2015 and past-president) and Dr. Rockstraw on a victory ride on a SF streetcar to Fisherman’s Wharf (see photo).

The first run of the team’s car, affectionately named “Billy the Skid,” can be watched on the CHME TV Youtube channel.

Friends and Alumni interested in providing support to next year’s team can do so online by simply writing AICHE Chem-E Car team in the comments field of the online gift form.  By doing so on Giving Tuesday (November 29), you can leverage your gift and give the team twice as much money.

A couple of videos from race day:

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