Purpose: ChemE Car @ UMD needs help affording travel costs for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Competition.
Last spring, ChemE Car @ UMD placed 5th in the AIChE Regional ChemE Car Competition. This qualified our team for the National Competition being held this November. Unfortunately, the number of members on our team exceeds the available funds we have for travel. We currently have at least 11 active members from ChemE Car that worked tirelessly to make our car successful in the Regional Competition. We have put in many late nights researching and designing our car so we could create a winning machine. In addition, because our car is a complex assembly of parts, all of our members have separated into groups and specialized in designing, building, and understanding one section of the car. While we all understand the functionality of each car component, it will be important to have members that have become experts on their section of the car at the National competition to tackle unforeseen challenges. Each of these members deserves to see the car compete in the National competition!
We also have the opportunity to make adjustments to our car from now until the National competition. We would like to take full advantage of this liberty in order to better our car to the best of our abilities. The other schools will also undoubtedly be using these next few months to make their own alterations. Since most of our funds will have to go towards travel, we have little money to make purchases for new items for our car. At the Regional competition, our car had to run on a bumpy plastic sheet as the competition flooring. Our car greatly struggled to power over these firm hills. We realized not only would we benefit from a better motor, but also a lighter car. We don’t want to look back and realize money was the reason we were not able to build a winning car!
ChemE Car isn’t just about winning or building a car. It is about forming friendships, communicating with professors, networking with professionals, and learning what it takes to be an engineer in the real world. UMD is providing us with an excellent education, but ChemE Car has given us the chance to test our knowledge on real world applications. At the same time, the AIChE competitions have given us a goal to strive for while also providing us with the opportunity to listen to seminars and meet students from around the nation.
We hope that you can see what this competition means to us and our future and choose to donate to our program!
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