UI Engineers Design, Race Veggie Cars Nov. 2

Thursday, October 29, 2009

University of Iowa News Release

About 70 first-year engineering students in the course "Engineering Problem Solving-1" will test their automotive design skills when they attempt to build and race model cars made entirely of fruits and vegetables from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the fourth-floor Fethke Rooftop Terrace of the Seamans Center. The public is invited to attend.

Madhavan Raghavan, associate professor of biomedical engineering, told student participants to pay attention to such factors as friction, weight, stability, tracking and aerodynamics when designing the vehicles.

The UI competition continues a long-standing tradition of challenging students to learn basic engineering principles by constructing model vehicles, bridges and other items from non-traditional materials. The cars in the UI vegetable car contest will be judged on the basis of their ranking in the veggie car derby and visual appeal.

Raghavan said the course teaches students that engineers have the ability to put science to work in the real world.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean, College of Engineering, Room 3100 Seamans Center, at 319-335-5340.