Published on Tuesday February 21, 2006
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering came out in force for the Drexel University College of Engineering's 12th Annual Egg Drop Competition. From undergraduate and graduate students to faculty and staff, members of the department brought their most innovative ideas to the competition.
The diversity of teams included father and son team Dr. Michel Barsoum and Michael, (The Intrepid Egg), the Ivosevic brothers, Ph.D. student Milan and Zeljko. (FTN), the winning staff team comprised of B.S./M.S. student and Computer Specialist Andrew Marx and B.S./M.S. student Anthony Coratolo, (The A-Team), and six undergraduate teams from Dr. Caroline Schauer's Processing of Polymers course including third place "Eggstatic," otherwise known as Michael Laudenslager and Ronson Lamond, both pre-junior materials science and engineering students, among others.
Drexel University's College of Engineering kicked off National Engineers Week with the 12th Annual Egg Drop Competition on Monday, February 20, 2006. Twenty-nine teams of faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students participated in the annual event.
The goal of the contest is to create a device that will "carry a grade A large uncooked egg down a steel cable and into a barricade" without breaking. In the first round, the egg is dropped from the second floor of the Main Building; those who survive have the privilege of their device being dropped from the third floor.
Survivability of the egg after the second round of the Egg Drop is only part of what decides the winner. The top three winners are determined by a formula based on speed and weight. The lighter and faster the device, the more likely it is for a team to win.