Opportunity for Engineering Students
I have just received information about an exciting opportunity for our Engineering students, so I am "forwarding" it here.
The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and Ford will be sponsoring their third
innovation contest this fall. Registration will officially open in mid-August.
UDM/Ford hope to bring together up to 20 teams.
The contest involves identifying current opportunities with existing vehicles
as well as possibilities that arise from emerging technologies to develop
proposed innovations to the automobile. Teams only need to develop the
concept—not do the detailed engineering. There is no cost to enter and
travel to UDM is not required! Each team—comprised of 3-5 full-time
undergraduate students from any major—must ultimately develop a 3 minute
digital video communicating the opportunity identified and the team's solution.
There will also be several required process gates with intermediate
deliverables; teams must pass these gates to remain active in the contest.
Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.
Prizes: $2500 for the winning team, $1500 for 2nd place, and $1000 for
A few key dates are as follows:
• Registration deadline: 5 pm EDT Monday, September 19
• Kickoff presentation (can be 'attended' via internet) Tuesday,
September 20, 6 - 9 pm EDT
• Videos must be submitted by 5 pm EST Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Winners will be announced at UDM's Ford Innovation Symposium on
Thursday, November 3, 5 - 7 pm EST, Fountain Lounge, McNichols Campus,
UDM. Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company, will be the keynote speaker
at the symposium. All teams are welcome at the symposium but need not be
present to win. The symposium will be broadcast over Wimba for those who
cannot attend in person.
Visit here for more information on the contest and to register a team
(registration will become available in mid-August).
Download the contest flyer with some additional information.