Texas A&M team wins third in Chem-E-Car world competition
19 Oct 2017 - 1:11
A group of students from Texas A&M at Qatar has won the third place in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Chem-E-Car world competition at the tenth World Congress of Chemical Engineering in Barcelona, Spain, recently.
This is Texas A&M at Qatar’s highest achieved rank in the competition and builds on last year’s fifth-place finish.
The competition required students to build a race car fuelled only by a chemical reaction. The twist of the competition was not knowing the distance the car would need to travel nor the load it needed to carry until an hour before the race. Team members Abdullah Shaat, Ali Al Ansari, Arshad Ali, Laya Roustazadeh, Safiya Jan, Seif Elgazar, Taha Kubbar and captain Zeinab Ataya successfully calibrated the car’s chemical reaction to meet the requirements and win third place. Dr Ghada Salama, their chapter adviser, expressed her pride in their dedication, hard work and quick problem-solving skills.
The building of the car took seven months and the students gave up holidays and vacations to have the car ready for the race. Brainstorming about what type of battery to use and the stopping mechanism began in March where they had to prepare the safety documents and get approval from the university’s safety department followed by testing the battery and the stopping mechanism, as well as designing and building of the chassis. The team faced an unexpected challenge when they were provided with a chemical in a solid form rather than the solution form that they had pre-ordered. The team had to use that preparation hour time before the race to solve this problem and prepare this solution. Texas A&M at Qatar’s team also won the Spirit award for exhibiting the most team spirit and sportsmanship during the race.