“Iodonator – C8,” the latest chemical powered vehicle designed by City College of New York engineering students, took first place at the Mid-Atlantic regional competition to qualify for the AIChE’s national finals in San Francisco this November.
“This is the first time City College has placed first in an American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) regional or national competition,” said Dilan Mataraarachchi, a chemical engineering and captain of the CCNY Chem-E- Car team.
CCNY competed against 27 other universities and colleges at the Mid-Atlantic competition, with Iodonator outperforming entries from Princeton University, Cooper Union and Johns Hopkins among others.
The objective of the Chem-E-Car competition is to build a car, the size of a shoebox, which runs and stops at a precise distance via one or more chemical reactions. Iodine is one of the chemicals used by the CCNY students from the Grove School of Engineering to run their invention, and a source of its name.
Iodonator’s trip to San Francisco will be the fourth straight by a CCNY team to the AIChE finals where they have excelled in recent years. Their honors include a second place finish in 2013 with “REAKTER,” and the Spirit of Competition Award in 2015 with “RuSTi.”
The team to Delaware comprised (all chemical engineering unless indicated):
- Aftab Siddidiu;
- Dilan Mataraarachchi;
- Shakir Julien;
- Riliwan Sanni;
- Kawsu Touray (electrical engineering);
- Jovan Tewira;
- Paulina Librizzi;
- Yashoma Boodhan;
- Brian Chen;
- Nicholas Randazzo;
- Deyvi Tenemaza
- Simon Ng (mechanical engineering).
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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