SDC: Student Design Competition

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The ASME Student Design Competition provides a platform for ASME Student Members to present their solutions to a range of design problems - from everyday household tasks to groundbreaking space exploration. Each team is required to design, construct and operate a prototype meeting the requirements of an annually determined problem statement.

ASME Student Design Competitions are held at ASME’s global E-Fests (Engineering Festivals). 

To participate in the Student Design Competition, teams must register in advance through the respective E-Fest regional website.  Registration will be available soon.

ATTENTION E-FESTERS!  Please read this important announcement about ASME E-Fests® in 2021

ASME is excited to host an E-Fest Digital event on April 24, 2021.  E-Fest Digital will include career and professional development content, digital competitions (including the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, the Student Design Competition, the Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D Competition, the Oral Competition, the Elevator Pitch Competition and the Environmental Systems Division Competition) and much more!  Additional details will be available soon.  Questions may be directed to

We encourage students, competitors, and faculty members to take advantage of the learning experiences provided by both our competitions and other digital offerings throughout the year.  Questions may be directed to and a digital calendar will be posted on with lots of information.

All ASME conferences, meetings and events scheduled through December 2021 are being planned as virtual only, enabling everyone to enjoy the full benefits of participation via our virtual event solutions with no physical presence required. ASME will not have any physical or in-person events during this time but will continue to deliver the insights and expertise that our community depends upon.  For more information about ASME’s virtual approach to events and meetings, visit

Students are encouraged to download E-Fest competitions rules at for our 2021 Digital events.

Additionally, ASME will be hosting a series of year-long digital events including a Student & Early Career Town Hall (Sept. 17, 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm EDT), E-Fest Careers 2020 (November 7), webinars and other competitions.  Please visit  for more details.

2021 ASME Student Design Competition

Download the 2021 Rules

Further updates to the 2021 rules will be available soon!


If you have a question about the SDC Competition Rules, email To see the updated list of Questions with Answers, please visit the Q&A forum.