Missouri S&T Chem-E-Car Team heads to regional competition

The 2015 Chem-E-Car. Photo by Yae Lin Lee, former Chem-E-Car team member.

A group of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology have built an autonomous vehicle powered by a chemical reaction to compete in the 2017 regional Chem-E-Car competition.

Missouri S&T’s Chem-E-Car Team will compete March 31-April 2, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Conference. The competition challenges teams to design and build a shoebox-sized car that uses a chemical reaction to travel a target distance while carrying a pre-established amount of weight.

At the competition, all vehicles must travel a randomly set distance between 15 and 30 meters – the final destination is randomized to make team members adapt and perform calculations in a short period of time. Teams must calculate the average velocity of their vehicle and decide what volume of the chemical solution would be required to activate the battery power. The car closest to the finish line at the end of the race will win and qualify for the national competition.

The following Missouri S&T students will participate at the competition:

Jakeb Baldridge, a senior in chemical engineering from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

John Bequette, a junior in chemical engineering from O’Fallon, Missouri

Robert Boxerman, a senior in chemical engineering from Pacific, Missouri

Okito Brown, a senior in chemical engineering from Florissant, Missouri

Stephen Eastman, a senior in chemical engineering from St. Peters, Missouri

Daniel Ehrett, a senior in chemical engineering from Ballwin, Missouri

Daniel Ellerbrock, a senior in electrical engineering from St. Charles, Missouri

Darian Emmett, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Liberty, Missouri

Blake Folta, a senior in chemical engineering from Osage Beach, Missouri

Logan Hansen, a junior in chemical engineering from Hallsville, Missouri

Dustin Haring, a senior in electrical engineering from Sullivan, Missouri

Brent Johnston, a junior in chemical engineering from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Mason McGavock, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from St. Louis

Christian Parsons, a junior in computer science from Carthage, Missouri

Eric Rodriguez, a senior in chemical engineering from Ellisville, Missouri

Timothy Schaefer, a senior in chemical engineering from Independence, Missouri

Luke Smith, a junior in computer science from Marceline, Missouri

Marc St. Amour, a senior in chemical engineering from Chesterfield, Missouri

Arjun Suresh, a senior in chemical engineering from Ballwin, Missouri

Thomas Verzino, a senior in computer engineering from Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Trevor Vogan, a junior in chemical engineering from St. Louis

William Whelan, a senior in chemical engineering from Peculiar, Missouri

Mathias Whitworth, a senior in chemical engineering from Mexico, Missouri

Azfar Zulkifli, a senior in chemical engineering from Manchester, Missouri.

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