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SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge Kicks Off Collegiate Design Series

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 6, 2006 - In the quest to make classroom learning directly relate to real-world problems, the Clean Snowmobile ChallengeTM , the first event in the SAE International Collegiate Design Series, is a clear winner for engineering students.

The 7th annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge, set March 13-18 at Michigan Technological University at Houghton in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is an intercollegiate engineering design competition that challenges engineering students to develop a prototype snowmobile that meets the 2012 standards for exhaust emissions and noise output. Students re-engineer an existing snowmobile for improved emissions and noise while maintaining or improving the performance characteristics of the original snowmobile. The modified snowmobiles also are expected to be cost-effective. These demanding requirements make this a unique competition in the development of engines, exhaust systems and noise-treatment technologies.

More than 150 students from 15 universities are expected to participate in the Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The defending champion is the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Schools entered in the 2006 Clean Snowmobile Challenge include:

·         Clarkson University

·         Ecole De Technologie Superieure

·         Kettering University

·         McGill University

·         Michigan Technical University

·         Minnesota State University – Mankato

·         SUNY – Buffalo

·         University of Idaho

·         University of Maine

·         University of Minnesota – Duluth

·         University of New Hampshire

·         University of Waterloo

·         University of Wisconsin – Madison

·         University of Wisconsin – Platteville

·         Utah State University

SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series challenges students to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and compete in a real-world setting. Engineering students from all over the globe have the opportunity to go beyond textbook theory by designing, building and testing the performance of a real vehicle. In doing so, they join other students in exciting and intense competitions. For more than 25 years these competitions have not only enhanced the educational experience of engineering students, but also put them in contact with career recruiters.


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