Invitation - Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Students from Around the World Compete in Montréal with their Chemically Powered Car at the 2nd International ChemE Car Competition

    MONTREAL, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The 8th World Congress of Chemical
Engineering, being held in Montréal August 23 to 27, 2009, continues the
tradition started in Glasgow four years ago by offering the 2nd International
ChemE Car Competition, sponsored this year by Fonds québécois de la recherche
sur la nature et les technologies. Students compete Sunday, August 23, 2009,
at Palais des congrès de Montréal, from 14:00 to 16:00.
    This competition highlights creative problem solving and displays diverse
areas of chemical engineering. Team members design and construct a chemically
powered vehicle within certain size constraints (it must fit in a shoe box!).
To add to the challenge, teams will be informed at the time of the competition
the distance that the car must travel and the specified cargo that the vehicle
must carry. The car that travels the distance and stops the closest to the
line, without any braking mechanism, will be the winner. Creativity at its
    Designs will be presented at a poster session preceding the competition
(open to judges and participants only). Entries deemed unsafe by the judges
will be disqualified.
    Teams are expected from Australia, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, the United
States (including a team from Puerto Rico) and Canada.
    "Challenges for a Changing World" is the theme of the congress. The event
is held every four years-it has been held only once before in Canada, again in
Montreal in 1981. Plenary and keynote lectures will be delivered by renowned
chemical engineers from around the world, invited for their distinctive vision
of the future. The major themes of the conference include many of the main
issues of today: energy, green processing and intensification, new materials
and processes, and biotechnology. It is organized in collaboration with Ecole
Polytechnique de Montréal, McGill University and the Canadian Society for
Chemical Engineering.

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