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Paper science and engineering team wins third place in Energy Challenge

A team of Miami paper science and engineering majors won third place and $5,000 in the Energy Challenge 2001 held Saturday, April 7, at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga.

Miami’s team of Jennifer Coleman (team co-captain), Mark Gaskill, Bonnie Stehling, Jonathan Suglaski, Jennifer Voegele and Katie Warchol (co-captain), has prepared for the Challenge since the beginning of last semester, as part of the students’ senior design project.

The contest challenged students to construct a nonwoven composite sail made exclusively of paper products for an Olympic class sailboat and race the sailboat on a closed course. Other universities competing included State University of New York, Syracuse (first place), University of Maine (second place), North Carolina State University and University of Central Florida.

Sails were judged on sailboat performance, written reports, gross weight, material composition, total sail area, tear and tensile strength, novelty of design and material engineering considerations. Miami’s sail tore in the race, but the team’s overall score was high.

The annual Energy Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Institute of Paper Science and Technology, Vanguard Sailboats and Hercules Inc. is designed to increase interest in science and engineering and promote awareness of energy efficiency, manufacturing design, waste minimization and pulp and paper industrial processes.

R.C. Peterson (paper science and engineering) is the faculty adviser to Miami’s team. The sailboat was sailed by Brian Abbott, Navy ROTC major.

Date Published: 04/12/2001
Volume: 20   Number: 32


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