A team of WMU engineering students finished third out of seven teams in the most recent Stryker Engineering Challenge held in April. WMU competed against teams from Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, Purdue and a team with members from several Michigan colleges. Notre Dame and the University of Michigan each fielded two teams.
The competition this year built on previous challenges and required students to construct remotely controlled vehicles to rescue ‘victims’ from a room-sized mockup of downtown Kalamazoo during a ‘gas leak’ disaster. Vehicles had to navigate various obstacles on their way to pick up and transport patients to a treatment area. Rescue vehicles could take advantage of magnetic safety vests worn by the victims. The teams built their designs in a marathon 12-hour session. The two teams from Notre Dame finished first and second in the competition. Winning team members earned a cash prize and a guaranteed interview with Stryker.
WMU team members were Jacob Ganzak, Nicholas Neppach, Zachary Reinke and Caleb Slater. Dr. Damon Miller coordinated their participation in this event.