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Thirteen Schools to compete in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2001

Warrendale, PA, June 30, 2000 - Thirteen U.S. and Canadian universities will compete in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2001 (CSC2001) scheduled for March 27-31, 2001 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Participating universities include Clarkson University; Colorado School of Mines; Colorado State University; Kettering University; Michigan Technological University; Minnesota State University; University at Buffalo, State University of New York; University of Alaska, Fairbanks; University of Alberta; University of Idaho; University of Waterloo; University of Wyoming; and Western Washington University.

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is an intercollegiate design competition that requires engineering student teams to design a snowmobile with reduced emissions and noise characteristics that also equals or improves upon the performance of current snowmobiles.

"Collegiate research competitions give students the opportunity to put their classroom training to use to help solve real-life technical problems facing society," says Dr. Bryan Willson, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University (CSU) and CSU SAE Faculty Advisor. "The students' approach to these issues is unique - they think outside the box. Manufacturers tend to be fairly conservative, while the students want to "push the envelope" - they don't know what can't be done.

"Often the students' efforts will challenge the manufacturers to undertake more ambitious projects and take better products to market."

Co-founded by Dr. Lori Fussell and Bill Paddelford, the CSC gives students the opportunity to work on a team-oriented project and helps facilitate a solution to the controversy surrounding snowmobile use in environmentally sensitive areas.

Events scheduled to take place during CSC2001 include emission testing, acceleration event, hill climb event, cold start testing, noise measurement, fuel economy/range event, and oral/written design.

Winner of the Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2000, the State University of New York at Buffalo will be on hand to defend its title at the 2001 event.

For more information about SAE's ">Clean Snowmobile Challenge and other collegiate design competitions contact Lori Pail at 724/772-8534 or check out our website at ">