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On Fire for Alumni Cup

Fire Protection Engineering Wins Clark School's Annual Rube Goldberg Contest

By Staff Photographer Stephanie S. Cordle

Alumni Cup Trophy

Photos by Stephanie S. Cordle

Fire Protection Engineering team captain Emily Thomas accepts the Alumni Cup for her team after undergrads from the department won the the competition for the first time since it started in 2012.

Dropping a tennis ball into a bucket isn’t much of a feat.

But getting it into the bucket in the most roundabout and absurdly complicated way possible ( no hands allowed) was a challenge worthy of 64 young engineers, each representing one of the eight departments of the A. James Clark School of Engineering in the 2019 Alumni Cup, which was held Friday.

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering won this year’s competition to build the wackiest Rube Goldberg-style machine with a festive apparatus designed to evoke a carnival. It's FPE's first victory since the competition began in 2012.

Event Chair Jeff Karceski ’88 said the event is a valuable chance for students to meet with alums and learn about the extensive network ready to support them when they graduate.

“Working with the students and seeing their machines is not only educational, but a lot of fun,” he said. “The creative ways they approach the problem are always surprising.”
Click below for a glimpse of the competition:


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