The engineering prowess of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) was on full display at the 29th annual SOLAR SPLASH® competition, held at Champions Park Lake in the Clark County Fairgrounds from June 6 to June 10. Facing stiff competition from collegiate engineering teams hailing from various corners of the globe, the TCNJ team earned multiple accolades across different categories.
The SOLAR SPLASH® competition challenges participants to design and construct solar-powered boats capable of relying solely on direct and stored solar power. This year’s event attracted teams from far and wide, including an impressive representation from Poland.
Guided by advisors Dr. Karen Yan, Dr. Norman Asper, and Regina Cadillac, the TCNJ Engineering team Tim Albano ‘23, Chris Anfuso ‘23, Andrew Gutman ‘23, Kyle Rosica ‘23 designed the boat for their senior capstone project. Paramveer Grewal ‘26 joined the team in Ohio to help during the competition. Gutman shared, “The competition was a great experience and it was really nice interacting with all the other teams. After a year of hard work, it was rewarding to see our efforts realized with a third place finish in the sprint, fifth place overall finish and four more awards on top of that.”
In addition to their achievements on the racecourse, TCNJ Engineering also received recognition for their technical prowess. Their outstanding technical report earned them a third-place finish, highlighting their ability to effectively communicate their design process and findings. Moreover, their remarkable video presentation garnered them a second-place award, demonstrating their skill in conveying the essence of their project through visual storytelling. The team also won the Innovation Award and the Outstanding Drive Train Design Award.
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