Our Crisis in Engineering Education coverage series, addressing the state of engineering education today, focuses on educational alternatives and what it takes to get ahead in an increasingly demanding engineering workplace. One way engineering students can prepare for their future careers is by participating in a design engineering competition or contest. These challenges serve as real-world experiences for competitors, encouraging the practice of necessary workplace skills including ingenuity, inventiveness, time management and teamwork.
That said, welcome to Design News‘ Design Engineering Competitions blog! Here you’ll find the latest news on engineering competitions and challenges happening all over the globe. Check back frequently for daily updates on upcoming events, competition winners and even information on deadlines for entry materials. You’ll also get an up-close and personal look at competitions as they occur, as I share my conversations with participating teams and competition organizers.
Are you or is your company involved in an upcoming engineering competition or challenge? Do you have past experiences in competitions you’d like to share? Share your thoughts: Email me. And don’t forget to check in with our Design Engineering Competitions and Challenges coverage page for more news, a calendar of events, podcasts and video from the competition floor.
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