The Contest is open to undergraduate and graduate (including Ph.D.) students worldwide. Team members must be enrolled in a college or university at the time of abstract submission but do not have to be enrolled full-time. Students who are working or researching part-time in the field or a related field of the Contest topic may participate.
Students who are enrolled at a university at the time of abstract submission, but will graduate before August 31, 2015, may still participate.
Given the multi-disciplinary nature of this competition, teams are highly encouraged to include students with various expertise, including: industrial design, engineering (all types), economics, business, environmental science, policy, chemistry, marketing, education, or any other field of study relevant to the team’s design. A team with students from diverse backgrounds will help address non-technical sections much better than a homogenous team.
Each team is limited to a maximum of two faculty advisors. The faculty advisors must be faculty members of a college or university. Adjunct and emeritus faculty are welcome to serve in this capacity. Faculty advisors may give guidance and suggestions but cannot perform actual design work. Faculty advisors can advise more than one team, but they must assist in ensuring that the teams work independently to maintain a fair competitive atmosphere for all participants.
Teams are encouraged to include members from only one school. If collaboration between different schools is desired, the team leader and designated faculty advisor must request approval by submitting the team registration form with a cover letter to the address in Section 2.3 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Teams with students from more than three schools are not allowed.
A team of about 8 students is recommended, although teams with no less than 3 or up to 12 students are allowed. Teams may not exceed 12 students at any time. In cases where more than 12 students are interested in participating in the Contest, students are encouraged to split into two separate teams.
Please send an updated team roster to email@example.com if any changes to your team roster are made during the course of the contest (i.e. additions at the beginning of a new semester).
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