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ASME student section will host regional design contest

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student section at New Mexico State University will host the 2003 ASME student conference Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, in the university's Corbett Center.

ation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

About 150 students representing 23 universities in the Rocky Mountain region are expected to compete in a design contest at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Other events include oral and poster competitions at 9 a.m., an impromptu junior high and high school competition at 4 p.m. and a banquet at 6:30 p.m. A social hour at the Elks Club will follow the banquet.

This year's design challenge, "Moving On Up!," is to create a system that utilizes the gravitational potential energy stored in two liters of water to lift as much rice as possible out of a simulated mine and deposit it into a receiving bin. The payload must travel up a 60 percent incline, then drop into a 10 centimeter opening at the ramp's top.

"Unlike most problems engineering students are assigned, this one has no unique solution; it requires far more creativity than the garden variety homework assignment," said Edgar Conley, associate professor of mechanical engineering. "It's a real engineering experience."

NMSU students Fabian Reza, Ken Wagner, Ralph Lucero and James Sowell will compete.

"I hope we've learned enough from our multiple successes and failures to succeed at the competition," said Reza, a mechanical engineering student.

The winner of the regional competition will move on to the national finals held this year in Washington, D.C