Kettering University Wins 2014 MacLean-Fogg Cup

Kettering University Wins 2014 MacLean-Fogg Cup

The SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) is an engineering design competition, which challenges SAE-member college students to re-engineer an existing snowmobile.  MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions is a Gold sponsor of the event.  As part of the MFCS sponsorship, the MacLean-Fogg Cup (similar to the NHL's Stanley Cup) was created to award the winning school's Internal Combustion division.  This year's contest was held at Michigan Tech University from March 3rd to March 8th, 2014. 

The Challenge is known for attracting hands-on engineering students.  It brings together future engineers who truly enjoy the challenge to create something innovative, engineers who are not afraid to get their hands dirty.  They are all there to compete for a chance to win.

Winning did not come easy in this competition.  Teams had to test their snowmobiles throughout the week in a variety of events including:  emissions; noise; fuel economy/endurance; acceleration; handling; static display; cold start; and design.

Several MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions associates attended the event throughout the week to interact with students and other industry peers including David Lomasney, President of the Fastener Division and Rob Whitney, President of the Engineered Plastics Division.

Although the majority of the competition was held on the snow trails, there were also a few indoor events.  Part of each team's score was a presentation showing their sled's capabilities and what improvements had been made.  There was a static display portion of the event held on the evening of March 5th, which had two goals: (1) to display the sleds to judges, sponsors and the public; and (2) to network with the volunteers and sponsors from the industry.  MFCS personnel represented the company with a booth during the static display, and interacted with many of the students.

On the evening of Thursday, March 6th, a Milwaukee-section SAE meeting (attended by all of the students) was held concurrent with the event.  MFCS enjoyed significant exposure at this event.  Rob Whitney, President of the Engineered Plastics Division was the event's keynote speaker.  Rob spoke to the students about the opportunities a career in manufacturing can provide.

Judging score and awards were handed out to the various teams during the banquet in several different categories, such as:  quietest snowmobile; most practical solution; best value; and others.  The MacLean-Fogg Cup was awarded to the gasoline powered sled team that scored the most points and was awarded the overall winner.  For 2014, the MacLean-Fogg Cup was presented to the team from Kettering University in Flint, MI.  SUNY-Buffalo took 2nd place, and University of Idaho, 3rd place.

It was very impressive to see the teams working hard to win the competition and it was a great opportunity to meet hands-on future engineers from several different schools.

MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions is passionate about innovation and helping develop the leading engineers of the future.  The newly etched MacLean-Fogg Cup was presented to Kettering University at an on-campus ceremony on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014.  Kettering will look to defend the MacLean-Fogg Cup at the 2015 Clean Snowmobile Challenge.


                 SAE CSC Opening Ceremony.



MFCS personnel in attendance at the event.



MacLean-Fogg Cup is presented to the winning school, Kettering University.








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