In the Senior Design competition, teams of four students have 12 hours to design and construct a working prototype that can complete a given engineering objective. These tasks are designed to test the competitors technical skills as well as practical applications of time management and teamwork. Although the general topic of the task is released one week prior, the teams must wait until the morning of the competition before the full objective is released. Once the design stage is complete, the teams must present and demonstrate their prototypes to the panel of judges.
Participants in this competition must solve an engineering design problem according to objectives and constraints announced the day of the event. Teams of four, consisting of students in their first and second years of their undergraduate degree, are given four hours to complete the assigned task utilizing limited resources. Following the four hour design component, teams present their ideas and test their design to the panel of judges.
In the Consulting Engineering competition, competitors develop a solution to a real-world problem. During the given time, teams of four must develop an economically feasible design with minimal negative social and environmental impacts, the winners for this category are selected for their excellent implementation of the overall engineering process — market research, feasibility studies, and in most cases, design prototyping.
Re-engineering forces the participants to use creativity and innovation in order tor design an existing product of process either to improve its functionality or to adapt it for a completely new purpose. Teams of two students are given the objective the morning of the event and are allotted eight hours to derive their solutions. Their concepts are then evaluated based on functionality, practicality, feasibility and marketability.
Innovative design is a highly technical category that requires participants to present a ground breaking solution to a problem of their choosing. The winners of this category will be selected for their excellent implementation of the overall engineering process — market research, feasibility studies, and in most cases, design prototyping.
In the Impromptu Debate category, teams of two competitors present convincing, well-constructed arguments given minimal preparation time. The topics and viewpoints are determined upon the commencing of each debate. These viewpoints are based around a wide spectrum of issues, forcing the students to utilize a broad range of knowledge.
The Engineering Communications competition challenges participants to describe the principles governing a technology or technical subject in terms the general public can easily understand. Evaluation is based upon the competitor’s public speaking skills and ability to persuade the audience.