NEW YORK, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Design Engineering & Sourcing Group has announced the conclusion of its annual bracket competition. This year's bracket challenge paired 32 of the top collegiate electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering academic programs. Penton's engineering audience and engineering students from across the country voted each week for five weeks to select the bracket winner and open the door for the next generation of engineers to participate in a juried online design competition. Engineering students from the winning academic program are eligible to participate in an online design challenge where their designs will be reviewed by industry leaders.
Purdue was the ultimate bracket challenge winner, garnering the most votes. The final four consisted of Purdue, Cornell, Caltech and Georgia Tech. Purdue students are now eligible to enter a design challenge where they will use Digi-Key's Scheme-It tool to create IoT designs and compete for additional prizes. First place wins an Apple Macbook Pro, second place earns an Apple iPad Air, and third place finisher gets a GoPro HERO4 Session Camera.
Voting participants in the bracket challenge were eligible to win one of several prizes each week including Texas Instruments Launch Pads, a set of 3 TE Connectivity Sensors, and a Schneider Electric Motor. At the conclusion of the bracket voting, one Grand Prize winner, John K. of Indesign LLC, Indianapolis, IN received a bundle of all of the weekly prizes plus a GoPro camera.
The Academic Engineering Program was the third annual bracket contest held by the Design Engineering & Sourcing group and spearheaded by Electronic Design and Machine Design. This year's program is an excellent example of how current engineers and manufacturers are helping future engineers navigate the competitive world of engineering.
Last year's bracket contest pitted popular engineering kits, toys, models, and tools against one another to determine the ultimate STEM STARTER with Legos taking home the title. Movies where engineers and technology drive the plot battled it out the year before to become THE WORLD's GREATEST ENGINEERING MOVIE - Apollo 13!
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