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Clarkson Clean Snowmobile Team Wins Silver Medal And Top Design Award In National Competition

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The Clarkson University Winter Knights drove their re-engineered snowmobile to a top-place finish at the 2005 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

The Clarkson team finished in second place out of 13 U.S. and Canadian universities at last week’s national competition hosted by Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. The team was also honored with three awards including Best Design.Snowmobile 2005

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is a collegiate design competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) that challenges teams of engineering students from participating schools to take a stock snowmobile and then re-engineer it to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or improving performance. This is the fifth year the Clarkson Winter Knights have competed in the challenge.

Teams are judged on a number of criteria, including fuel cost and economy, noise, emissions, acceleration, braking, cold start, and handling. The teams must also deliver written and oral presentations. The Winter Knights received high marks for noise reduction, acceleration, fuel economy, and handling, winning the SAE Award for Best Design (based on written paper, oral presentation and static display scores) and the DENSO International America Inc. Award for Best Ride. The Clarkson team and SUNY Buffalo tied for the PCB Group Award for the Quietest Snowmobile.

Winter Knights co-leader and junior Andrew Heiligman of Webster, N.Y., said the team was very pleased with its performance. “This is our second season working with the 2004 Arctic-Cat 660 Turbo snowmobile that was purchased last year.  For this competition we focused on developing a system that would improve emissions rates and reduce noise while maintaining the high level of performance of the Arctic-Cat 660. Our goal was to finish in the top three and we achieved that.”

Other members of the Clarkson Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team include: Jeffrey Anderson ’07 of Webster, N.Y.; Kimo Brandon ’08 of Attica, N.Y.; Brendan Crowley ’07 of Brentwood, N.H.; Brett Devine ’05 of Auburn, N.Y.; Austin Haskins ’08 of Westdale, N.Y.; Joshua Kehs ’07 of Quakertown, Penn.; Anthony Lorence ’07 of New Berlin, N.Y.; Jesse Moss ’06 of St. Albans, Vt.; Stephen Lupi ’06 of Elba, N.Y.; Caleb Smith ’08 of Woodhull, N.Y.; Mark Surette ’08 of Brewer, Maine; and co-team leader Tyler Wlodyka ’05 of Loudon, N.H.

The Clarkson Winter Knights Team is part of the University's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program, which promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 250 undergraduates annually. SPEED projects involve engineering design and analysis, fabrication and the enhancement of professional competencies such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communication skills.

The SPEED program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives promoting the "Vision of a Clarkson Education" through experiential learning by hands-on application of academic theory to real-world problems. SPEED receives its primary financial support from Alcoa, Corning, Eastman Kodak, the General Electric Fund, and Procter & Gamble and was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.
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