Throughout the convention, attendees test their skills in competitions for both prizes and bragging rights, including

Engineering Science Symposium
Engineering Science Symposium

An annual showcase of the excellent STEM research conducted by SHPE students and  faculty members. With both oral and poster presentations, the Symposium unveils some of the most exciting advancements in engineering and science. Nearly 80 SHPE members offer oral presentations on research from fields including Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanics of Materials and Fluids, Biomedical and Bioengineering, Agricultural, Civil, Environmental and Biological Engineering, Applied Physics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The sessions will emphasize Engineering Grand Challenges such as: Enhancing Biological Systems, Human Health, and Human Safety, Modernization of the Automated and Built Environment, and Revolutions for the Natural Environment. Poster presentations  cover a range of research topics, from environmental projects to biomedical engineering  solutions. Cash prizes up to $1000 are awarded to the winners.

For questions email ESS@shpe.org

Extreme Engineering Challenge
Extreme Engineering Challenge

A nonstop 24-hour competition that simulates an accelerated engineering working scenario, to help students build the skills necessary for meeting the profession’s most grueling demands. Open to all graduate and undergraduate SHPE members, the challenge allows competitors the chance to mingle with representatives from participating companies during an initial mini-interview session followed by a team competition. The challenge is composed  of multiple events and milestone checkpoints that introduce additional problems to solve and guidance in the engineering process along the way. The marathon competition culminates in a presentation to the final judges, who score the teams based on their performance at each milestone. Winners receive scholarships from their sponsoring companies.

For questions email cg@extremeengineeringchallenge.com

Innovation Challenge: Engineering with a Purpose
Innovation Challenge: Engineering with a Purpose
(Formerly known as Hackathon)

Working in teams, students will identify a need for innovation, conceptualize an idea and  incubate a solution. Emphasis will be put on the feasibility, marketability and impact of these solutions. Participants will have the opportunity to work in a lab and experience firsthand how innovations in design can be applied. Students will also hear from STEM professionals who are working to tackle emerging global challenges. The 2018 Innovation Challenge (formerly Hackathon), with the ​Smart Cities for All​ theme, challenged participants to engineer and code technology solutions that benefit the visually-impaired. Solutions included a walking cane replacement, navigation for the visually-impaired, curb avoidance for wheelchair-bound, and a sign language translator. Cash prizes of $8000, $4000, $2500, and $1000 were awarded to the top four teams respectively.

For questions email Hackathon@shpe.org

Nissan Design Competition
Nissan Design Competition

SHPE student members are challenged to develop and refine an idea related to automotive safety. Competitors take part in a presentation skills workshop, one-on-one resume critique sessions, and mock interviews with Nissan leaders and other engineering industry giants to  be selected. Then working in teams of three, students interact with their peers, SHPE leaders and Nissan engineers to provide daily project briefings on how to address the challenge. The briefings are evaluated by the Nissan Design Competition judges. Students in the first-place team receive summer internship offers to work for Nissan. All competition participants have the opportunity to earn full reimbursement for their conference registration and win exclusive competition gear.

For questions email Designcomp@shpe.org

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