Engineering students win prizes in Design Challenge competition
06 April 2022
Contact: Kawana McGough, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
A team of students from Tuskegee University College of Engineering won third place in the 5th Annual Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE) Design Challenge. The competition organized in 2018 by the AMIE Design Challenge invites student teams from each of the 15 ABET-accredited HBCU engineering schools to develop, implement and present their solutions to specified design problems.
Submissions are evaluated by judges from AMIE’s industry and government partners. This year, the organizers tasked teams of students with proposing solutions to a general design problem – “How could we design a solution to improve the quality of life in the areas of drinking water, urban infrastructure, clean energy, transport and access to high-speed Internet.”
“I congratulate and applaud the success of our outstanding engineering students. Tuskegee University’s performance in AMIE design competitions over the years is a testament to the quality and competitiveness of our engineering students,” said Dr. Heshmat Aglan, Dean of the College of Engineering. .
Tuskegee’s winning design was an app that offered a more cost-effective alternative to Uber/Lyft for university students in rural areas without access to public transportation. Tuskegee’s seven-member team includes Langston Hines (team leader), a dual major in electrical and computer engineering; Omari Jones, senior graduate in chemical engineering; Jillian Harris, Mechanical Engineering graduate; Morgan Walker, second-year aerospace engineering student; Courtland Meeks, a recent graduate in aerospace engineering; Tyriq Turner, second-year mechanical engineering student and Michael Roberts, second-year aerospace engineering student.
Since 2018, Tuskegee University teams have been advised and supported by Dr. Mandoye Ndoye, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Toya Dean, the College of Engineering Student Activities Coordinator.
“This annual design competition has been a great opportunity to expose our students to industry challenges and processes and to engage directly with technical leaders from industry and government agencies,” added Ndoye. “They also developed valuable critical thinking, technical, and interpersonal skills by working collaboratively to identify, implement, and present solutions to real-world problems.”
The College of Engineering has won the most in the annual design competition, having secured a winning spot in three calls in 2018, 2021 and 2022. In addition to monetary prizes for participating students, these winnings have brought in thousands of dollars to the Middle School. engineering to support outreach and retention activities.
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