The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a national organization that advances the mechanical engineering discipline by organizing student competitions and providing professional development courses, among other things. Our goal is to expose OSU students to engineering by organizing students competitions, setting up industry tours, and bringing speakers to OSU. Our main focus as a club is the Shell Eco Marathon. It is an international energy efficient vehicle competition that for our region, takes place early Spring. The winning vehicle is the one that travels the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. Although it was cancelled last year due to COVID-19, the past two years it has been in Sonoma, California. This year, they have arranged to do portions of the competition virtually. For this competition, we have two vehicles, both in the battery electric energy category. In 2018, there were 99 vehicles on site from 10 different countries! in previous years our vehicle has taken second place in the battery electric prototype and achieved a staggering 7,885 miles per gallon equivalence! This competition challenges engineering students to design a vehicle that is relevant to the technological needs on the national agenda, green, sustainable, and efficient transportation. Although this event consumes most of our energy, we also usually hold a pumpkin launching competition in the fall and a 3D derby race similar to the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby race in the spring.
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