Students Face Off During SDC Finals

Fourteen teams of ASME student members from universities around the globe took part in the final round of the 2018 ASME Student Design Competition (SDC), which was held on November 11, 2018, at the ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2018) in Pittsburgh.

During the SDC finals, as in the earlier regional SDC events held at the ASME E-Fests during the spring and summer, teams of engineering students led their robots through raucous rounds of this year’s challenge, Robot Football—a four-way game of football (or soccer, as it’s known in the United States). During the game, teams attempted to score goals with their robots against other teams while trying to defend their own goal.

The 14 student teams, who had either competed in or registered for the regional ASME E-Fest SDC events, spent the better part of the day trying to score points and dominate the Robot Football playing field during several spirited preliminary matches and semi-final rounds at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

That afternoon, teams from the University of Florida, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and Michigan’s Baker College of Flint had scored enough points to face off at the final match of the day.

When the results were tallied, however, it was the team named Chain Chomp from the University of Florida who claimed first place at the SDC finals. The team, which had racked up nearly three times as many points as the runner-up, received the $3,000 top prize, as well as $1,000 for their ASME student section. The University of Florida’s victory at the SDC Finals followed their first-place showing at ASME E-Fest East, held at Penn State University, in April 2018.

Rounding out the top three at the SDC finals were the teams from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and UNLV. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University team, named Omega, took home the $1,000 second prize, plus $500 for their student section. Rebel Robotica from UNLV, who had been the winners of the SDC at ASME E-Fest West in March, placed third at the SDC Finals in Pittsburgh, receiving $500 and an additional $250 for their student section.
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