chemically-powered car takes first place
University of Idaho chemical engineering students continue
the College of Engineering tradition to pave the way in innovation with
vehicles and fuels.
UI's 2005 Chem-E-Car team took first place at the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
in Corvallis, Ore. April 23.
The nine team members are Andrew Miles, Vancouver, Wash.;
Joshua Hunt, Lewiston; Ryan Weaver, Eagle River, Alaska; James Russell,
Moscow; Brenda Eby, Bonners Ferry; Jeff Miller, Moscow; Dusty Berggren,
Palmer, Alaska; Kevin Jeffreys, Coeur d'Alene/Culdesac; and Meng Tan,
The team's winning run at the 97-foot distance target with a full 500
milliliter load was -44 inches, compared to Washington State University's
second place run of -401 inches and University of British Columbia's
third place run of -503 inches. The UI team then gave an extra exhibition
run which was +27 inches while the other teams could not improve on
The car is shoe-box size and is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It
was required to carry a load over a specific distance. The team will
demonstrate it today (Friday, April 29) at the 2005 Engineering Design
EXPO, Silver Room or the UI Student Union Building.
Meng Tan also received a fourth-place award for his paper presentation
"Methanol Recovery During Biodiesel Production."