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Competitions

Want to push the boundaries of your knowledge – and have a great time doing it? Check out our competition teams. Every year, our students join forces to tackle engineering challenges and set records. Our teams travel to regional and national competitions where they’re pitted against engineering students from top schools across the U.S. We’re proud of our excellent standings year after year in these competitions.

BAJA SAE

  • Sponsor: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Check out our campus chapter.
  • Challenge: Design, build, test, promote and race an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain. Teams race their vehicles and compete to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. All vehicles are powered by a 10-horsepower Intek Model 20 engine donated by Briggs & Stratton Corporation. Use of the same engine by all the teams creates a more challenging engineering design test.
  • Where: ONU’s team competes at several Baja SAE competitions each year in states like Illinois, Kansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Maryland and New York.

Concrete Canoe

  • Sponsor: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Check out our campus chapter.
  • Challenge: Design and build a canoe using innovative hydrodynamic design and advanced forms of concrete construction. It’s a fun competition that tests each team’s knowledge, creativity and stamina. During competitions, teams actually race their canoes on water.
  • Where: Teams compete in regional competitions and, if they qualify, continue on to the national competition.

Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

  • Sponsor: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Check out our campus chapter.
  • Challenge: Design and build a strong, lightweight and aerodynamic vehicle powered by humans. Teams compete to see which vehicle is the fastest, is most portable and best meets design standards. The competition requires ingenuity, teamwork and organizational skills.
  • Where: ONU’s team competes in either the East or West competition and has traveled to Florida and California.

Micromouse

  • Sponsor: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Check out our campus chapter.
  • Challenge: Design, construct and program an autonomous robotic mouse that will compete against other mice to be the first to find the center of a maze. The competition involves a design contest, a paper contest and an actual mice/maze race.
  • Where: Micromouse competitions are held at regional sites. In recent years, ONU’s team has competed at Rowan University in New Jersey and Ohio State University in Columbus.

SAE Aero Design

  • Sponsor: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Check out our campus chapter.
  • Challenge: Conceive, design, fabricate and test a radio-controlled aircraft that can take off and land while carrying a maximum load. The competition is divided into two parts: design and flight. Teams must submit a written report with design plans and calculations and give an oral report to judges. The flight competition determines the accuracy of the calculations.
  • Where: ONU’s team competes against national and international teams at the SAE Aero Design East competition, usually held in another state like Florida or Texas.

Steel Bridge

  • Sponsor: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Check out our campus chapter.
  • Challenge: Design, fabricate and construct a steel bridge based on given site conditions, spans, member sizes, weight limitations and design loads representative of real bridges. Steel Bridge is now the premier competition for ASCE. Competition winners are chosen based on categories like aesthetics, construction speed, lightness and efficiency.
  • Where: Teams compete first at the regional level, and the winner and runner-up proceed to the national competition.
College of Engineering

Lori Goldsmith

Executive Administrative Assistant
419-772-2371
l-goldsmith@onu.edu
Biggs 201
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed