ME team finished third in ASME international competition
Officials from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) visited the University of Kentucky campus January 22 to present awards to a team from UK that won third place in an international student design competition in Washington, DC in November. More than 250 engineering schools were represented.
In the competition, teams were challenged to design a system that would help a surface mining company reduce the amount of energy consumed by material handling equipment as ore was lifted from an open pit mine. The systems had to utilize the gravitational potential energy stored in two liters of water to lift as much simulated ore as possible out of the mine and deposit it into a receiving bin.
UK team members were Russell Lucas, Phillip Masterson, Nick Rueff and Jason Webb. Lucas, Masterson and Webb graduated in May of 2003; Rueff graduated in August.
The group won first place in a regional competition at Purdue University in March 2003 to move on to the international competition.
ASME Region VI Vice President Howard E. Conlon and Director of Field Services Thomas E. Wendt presented certificates, plaques and trophies to the UK team during an informal ceremony in the Raymond Student Commons.