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This year’s contest was the second time that Rotor Clip challenged engineering students across the nation to show off their engineering prowess and to come up with a unique device design that incorporated a set of retaining rings as the fastening method. For the 2017 contest a little twist was added to the challenge, asking students to also incorporate a functioning wave spring in their designs.  The designed device had to display motion or movement in order to be considered.

We are happy to report that once again the students rose to the challenge and came up with designs that not only met the contest requirements, but also demonstrated their grasp of sound engineering principles.

The contest was held in affiliation with ATMAE, the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering.

The contest winners were as follows:

First Place

East Carolina University - Model Rail Road Hand Cart           

Team Members: Erik Panarusky, Sam Poindexter, John Rayner, Zachery Rogers

Advisor: Ranjeet Agarawala

Second Place

Purdue University - Spirograph

Team Members: Paul Gemperlein, Emily Maneke, Jake Piekarski, Lexie Ritter

Advisor:Rosemary Astheimer

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Third Place

East Carolina University – Roto Board

Team Members: Joshua Steadman, Alex Senatore, Cedric Steele II, Colby Scott

Advisor: Ranjeet Agarawala

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Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st place: $500 (USD) to each team member; 2nd place: $250 (USD) to each team member; 3rd place: $125 (USD) to each team member.

Rotor Clip is also hosting the 1st place team at their Somerset, NJ Headquarters where the team will have the chance to tour our facilities and meet the contest judges. Additionally, the team will be present at Rotor Clip's booth at this year's Atlantic Design and Manufacturing Show - New York in June to show and discuss their design with visitors.

Through its affiliation with ATMAE, Rotor Clip’s goal is to support education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) through programs that expose students to "real world" situations and encourage them to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Four degreed mechanical engineers from Rotor Clip served as judges for the contest. They viewed the five finalist's presentations and selected the top three winners.

Their selections were based on the following criteria: originality and creativity; application of sound engineering principles as they apply to retaining rings; complexity and functionality of the design; quality of the design presentation.


Congratulations to the winning teams and thank you to all students and advisors who participated in this year's contest.

Rotor Clip will be holding a 2018 "Ring-A-Majig" contest. Details will be released this fall.

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