Checkered Flag: Students’ Go-Cart Design Wins First Prize at Engineering Expo

Published: April 18, 2013

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Students in the Engineering Technology Department won first prize in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Project category of the College Project Exhibit at the 2013 Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo. The expo took place in White Plains, NY on April 7. The project began last fall with the goal of designing an electronically efficient go-cart. Queensborough’s team won out of 10 projects in the same category.

Among the competing institutions were Villanova University, New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Representatives from ConEdison also attended the event.

“I am very proud of our students and the exceptional caliber of their hard work. Also, this was a very important opportunity for them to interact with other faculty and students from four-year schools and programs as well as engineers in the industry,” said Dr. Kee Park, Engineering Technology Department.

Team leader Giancarlos Llanos said “I believe the difference at the competition was that we ‘went the extra mile’ to describe in minute detail the various parts and how they connected to create the go-cart.” He added that the eventual goal is to replace the battery with a hydrogen fuel cell.

Rony Vargas, who enrolled at Queensborough last semester, said “Because of this project I now have more hands-on experience—just as great are all the friends I’ve made.” Rony, who lives in Brooklyn, enrolled at Queensborough after hearing positive things about the engineering program, its faculty and the College’s beautiful campus.

Alfredo Castillo, now in his third semester, remarked “The faculty here prepares you for the steps ahead in your education and your career. Alfredo’s role was to fabricate the frame for the motor, brakes and battery holder.

Additional team members are Jose Devares, Anthony Soehngen, Sungheon Hwang, Christopher Reese, Yan Xu, Mark Perez, Yao Agoudaui, Denis Milichnikov, Isaac Morocho and Ryan Naraine

The Engineering Technology student team will participate in a poster presentation on hydrogen fuel-celled research at the Advanced Energy Conference to be held at the Javitz Center on April 30. 

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