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U.S. Department of Energy:
Sarah Manion, (303) 275-4709
Project Manager, IPST
STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE NATION GET A LESSON IN PULP AND PAPER AS THEY
PREPARE FOR ENERGY CHALLENGE '98
September 24, 1997 -- Students from colleges across the nation are getting
hands-on experience and learning about pulp and paper industrial processes
and manufacturing design efficiency as they prepare their entry in the
first Energy Challenge '98.
The competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy, the Institute
of Paper Science and Technology and the pulp and paper industry, involves
college teams designing and constructing a package that will protect a
raw egg when dropped 20 feet onto a solid surface. The competition will
be held next September at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology
(IPST) on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta.
The purpose of Energy Challenge '98 is to foster education and awareness
of manufacturing design efficiency, package performance, recycling, waste
minimization and pulp and paper industrial processes. The competition
correlates with the US Department of Energy's Agenda 2020 - a program
to help the pulp and paper industry reach the vision of more energy efficient
manufacturing processes in the year 2020.
The receive the $15,000 award, the winning team's package, which is to
be filled with 64 cubic inches of water, and a raw egg, must not leak
and must remain intact after a drop from 20 feet high. Packages must be
made with chemical wood pulp, secondary wood cellulose and paper chemicals
Dr. Tom McDonough, Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Professor
at IPST states, "I'm excited by the prospect of this competition leading
to increased interaction between students from institutions which, in
spite of the geographical separation, share a common commitment to innovation
in the pulp and paper industry."
By preparing a design proposal and project reports, raising funds and
designing and constructing an efficient package in which to protect the
egg, participating students will receive a lesson in design efficiency,
the structural mechanics of packaging products, waste minimization and
the industrial processes of the pulp and paper industry. The teams will
also get a lesson in creativity, innovation, resourcefulness, teamwork,
fundraising and overall project management.
Schools competing in Energy Challenge '98 include: Clarkson University,
Georgia Tech, Miami University, Mississippi State, North Carolina State,
University of Colorado at Denver, University of Maine and Western Michigan
University. These schools recently received $2,000 "start up" grants to
assist with funding their projects.