EMA 469 Design Competition
We would like to thank all who attended and participated in the contest this year. We would like to sincerely thank Don Procknow and Hamilton Sundstrand for their major contributions in support of this contest. We would also like to extend our deepest thanks to all other contributors, without whom, this contest would not have been possible.
For those who were unable to attend the presentations in person, please join us by watching the archived video of the presentations online.
We are pleased to announce the following awards as determined by the judges and the Peoples' Choice vote:
Judges chose to award an extra $500 prize for honorable mention to team Great Escape. Great Escape designed and prototyped an escape system which allows handicapped individuals to rapidly and independently descend a staircase of a building in an emergency. The device is assembled, attached, and ridden without any outside assistance. Congratulations to Tim Feyereisen, Peter Kramer, Matt Kuhnen, Olivier Lebon, Ryan Milanowski and Mike Peterson of team Great Escape.
Judges awarded second place and $1000 to team Ro-Bo Rack. Ro-Bo Rack is a rotating bowling ball rack designed to conserve space in bowling alleys and make bowling ball selection more convenient by preventing participants from bending over to select a bowling ball. Ro-Bo rack was designed and built by Michael Dietzler, Ryan Eichberger, Brent Karlen, Scott Miller, and Will Yu.
Litter Fitter, a novel trash compactor design, received the $2500 first prize. By using human power rather than electricity to compact garbage using a 3:2 mechanical advantage, the Litter Fitter can be manufactured at a cost significantly lower than existing trash compactors. The Litter Fitter was designed by Kathryn Grajeda, Adam Koch, Dimitri Krattiger, Tyler Tallman, and Steven Wisser.
Taking almost three-hundred votes into account, the Peoples' Choice award and the $500 prize goes to Michael Dietzler, Ryan Eichberger, Brent Karlen, Scott Miller, and Will Yu of team Ro-Bo Rack.
The vote breakdown for the Peoples' Choice award is as follows:
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering Physics