Cyclone pride! CBE’s AIChE chapter hosts conference; Chem-E-Car winning streak rolls on

ISU CyDuck Chem-E-Car team
Iowa State’s CyDuck Chem-E-Car team took first place in the regional competition and qualified for the national competition this fall, continuing a long-running Iowa State streak

Iowa State’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted the group’s Mid-America Student Regional Conference April 8 and 9 – rolling out the red carpet for students from 12 other schools and taking some top honors of its own.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) AIChE student group organized competitions, technical presentations, an awards banquet and more, marking the first time Iowa State has hosted an in-person version of the event since 2010.

Iowa State's Goldilocks Chem-E-Car team
ISU’s Goldilocks Chem-E-Car team turned in solid runs to take fourth overall in the competition

The Chem-E-Car competition, a popular activity at AIChE student conferences, saw an Iowa State team take first place for the third consecutive year. Participating schools vie for honors in a distance competition with small vehicles they have built that are powered and stopped by chemical processes.

The top three finishers in the regional competitions advance to the national competition, which will be held in Phoenix, Arizona in November. Iowa State’s CyDuck team took first place in the ISU regional, with Oklahoma State’s STEAMJUNK entry finishing second and Missouri S&T’s Rocky 8.0 car grabbing

Mark Lashier CEO of Phillips 66 speaks at banquet
Alumnus Mark Lashier, president and COO of Phillips 66, served as the conference banquet keynote speaker. He addressed the many students present and engaged with them a question and answer session

third. This marks the third straight year an Iowa State team has placed first in the regional competition the seventh straight year the ISU chapter will compete in the national event. Last year Iowa State took fifth in the national competition, the best result to date.

Students involved in ChemE Jeopardy
Students focus on the ChemE Jeopardy competition

Events in the regional conference hosted by ISU also included a research poster competition, ChemE Jeopardy (a chemical engineering quiz based on the popular TV program), a technical presentation competition for students, technical presentations from faculty members and a panel discussion featuring industry leaders.

A banquet capped off the activities and featured a speech and Q&A session from CBE alumnus Mark Lashier, president and chief operating officer of Philips 66.

In addition to host Iowa State, institutions that took part in the conference included:

  • University of Arkansas
  • Benedictine College
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Missouri – Columbia
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T)
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State University
  • University of Tulsa
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Sponsors of the event included:

Cyclone Sponsors

  • Ajinomoto
  • Bayer
  • Emerson
  • Phillips 66
  • Pfizer
  • Renewable Energy Group

Cardinal Sponsor

  • Cargill

Gold Sponsors

  • Burns & McDonnell
  • General Mills

Scale-Up Sponsors

  • Chevron
  • Honeywell UOP

View photo albums of conference events on the CBE Facebook page.