Entries Sought for Aluminum Extrusion Student Design
The ET Foundation, the education and research arm of the Aluminum Extruders
Council (AEC), is seeking entries for the 2007 International Aluminum
Extrusion Design Competition. The aim of the competition, sponsored
by Hydro Aluminum North America, is to promote the understanding
and use of extruded aluminum profiles, as well as highlight innovations
and recognize excellence in aluminum extrusion design. Students
studying design and engineering at universities, colleges, and schools
around the world are invited to participate.
The competition offers an opportunity for students to show off their
creativity and ingenuity. "Some of the most interesting and
innovative ideas come from students," commented ET Foundation
President Rand Baldwin, CAE. "Last year's Grand-Prize-winning
entry is one such example." Micah Bowers, a sophomore studying
industrial design at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana,
won for his concept of a Sea-Craft Rescue Bed or SEREBE, a litter
to transport an injured person out of the water. It was the first
time in the history of the competition that a student won the Grand
Prize in a combined competition with professional designers. "Although
the 2007 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition is only open to students
this time, we expect to see many cutting-edge designs that show
off the versatility of extruded aluminum," said Baldwin.
Entries may encompass any number of end-use categories, including
transportation, industrial, consumer, commercial, and structural.
Winning entries will be those that demonstrate the benefits of aluminum
extrusions, whether by inventing a new product or improving an existing
one, by achieving the following objectives: ease of fabrication
and assembly, cost-effectiveness, innovation, new application capability,
customization, close tolerances, improvement of extrusion processes,
and likelihood of market success.
A Call for Entries was distributed in October to more than 1,000
members of academia. Judging will follow the entry deadline, which
is February 12, 2007. Judges for the Competition will represent
the aluminum extrusion industry and the trade press. The Foundation
will award a total of $8,000 in prize money, including a first-,
second-, and third-place prize, as well as the Hydro Sustainable
Design Award, which is presented to the entry that, in addition
to meeting the ET Foundation's criteria, best addresses societal
and/or environmental concerns. An example of the Sustainable Design
Award includes the 2006 winning entry by Jennifer Harmon of Purdue
University, who won for the Modular Arch Construction Set (MACS)-a
portable housing set that required no tools to set up.
for more details about the 2007 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition,
including an official entry form.