Student 'Manufacturing Challenge' Winners Announced at AeroDef
By Michael Anderson
The two top prizes in SME’s 2013 Manufacturing Challenge collegiate competition went to separate teams from California State University, Northridge. The Grand Prize was awarded to the school’s Team Two for a novel Assisted Gripping Rig device designed to augment the grip of a human user. First Prize (University Division) went to the school’s Team One for its innovative Automated Jack Lift System.
Second and Third Place in the University Division went to, respectively, Western Washington University and California State University, Los Angeles.
The annual Manufacturing Challenge contest is an SME-sponsored intercollegiate manufacturing competition in which each team comes up with a manufacturing project to design and build while documenting the manufacturing processes. This year’s entries were displayed and evaluated on March 19 at the 2013 AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition in Long Beach, CA and feted in a ceremony the same day.
Other winners include:
• California State University, Chico received the Outstanding Project Award.
• Allen Hancock College (Santa Maria, CA), Edmonds Community College (Lynnwood, WA), and NTMA Training Center (Ontario, Canada), in that order, took the top three spots in the Community College Division.
• California State University, Northridge student James Hunter was presented with the William B. Johnson “Leadership in Manufacturing” Award.
Manufacturing Engineering Media congratulates all of this year’s winners and participants.