Since 2004, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. has sponsored the Andrew Freeman Design Innovation Competition within the UND College of Engineering and Mines. The competition, which honors UND Electrical Engineering alumnus and former general manager of Minnkota Power, Andrew Freeman (BS'32), is intended to recognize innovation and excellence in student senior design projects. Individuals or teams of engineering students present their projects to a panel of judges comprised of representatives from UND Engineering alumni, current UND Engineering faculty and Minnkota Power. This year the annual competition was held on May 1. Four teams participated in the competition and the winning teams were recognized at a ceremony held on Friday, May 3.
First Place (tied): Production of Arabinose From Sugar Beet Pulp: Research and develop new reaction technologies that will allow the conversion of SBP to arabinose, a valuable product with potential as a raw material in the artificial sweetener market, advancing usage beyond its current use as a low value animal feed. Award: $1,300 Team Members: Amie Canarr, Alex Johnson, Zach Wheaton –Chemical Engineering
First Place (tied): Household Energy Aware Real Time Systems (HEARTS): The goal of the project is to provide intelligent capabilities of a "Smart Home" that gathers basic information through various sensors and allows control of devices or loads from any PC remotely. Sensors are able to collect data and organize it into an efficient manner for the home owner to process and internet monitoring allows for easy accessibility. Award: $1,300 Team Members: Tate Carlson, Evan Edwards, Steve Buchhop-Electrical Engineering
Third Place: Snow Defense V-Plow: The primary objective of this project was to develop a working v- plow that could be manufactured in house at American Defense Industries and be made available to sell by the fall of 2013. Award: $750 Team Members: Peter Kern, Tyler Felix, Ryley McMahon, Paul Rabe— Mechanical Engineering
Fourth Place: Big Ed Project: The goal was to design and develop an economic field from the given data by analyzing and interpreting provided well log of the Big Ed, determine porosity and water saturation, build a reservoir simulation of an oil well for 640 acres of land, complete a well design, drilling and completions, surface facilities complete an economic analysis to determine the viability of the project. Award: $350 Team Members: Garred Olson, Bol Bol, Ahmed Adam, Abdul-Wahhab Benson—Petroleum Engineering
Deb Austreng Director of Alumni, Corporate and Public Relations