Solar Splash

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2007

For the third time, the Cedarville University solar boat engineering team has won Solar Splash®, the world championship of intercollegiate solar boating held in Fayetteville, Ark.

The student-designed and student-built entry placed first in the qualifying, solar slalom, and technical report aspects of the competition and second in the sprint, solar endurance, and visual display. Of a possible 1,000 points, the team received 974 — the most points and the widest win margin ever achieved by a team at Solar Splash®. The CU team was awarded a record nine trophies for their efforts.

The CU entry outpaced those of teams from 18 other schools, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Cal-Poly Pomona, the University of Arkansas, Carnegie Mellon, and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). Complete results of the competition can be viewed at www.solarsplash.com.

2006

The Cedarville University solar boat engineering team took second place overall at Solar Splash®, the world championship of intercollegiate solar boating held in Fayetteville, Ark.

CU's entry placed first in the solar slalom, visual display, and technical report aspects of the competition and second in the sprint. Of a possible 1,000 points, the team received 849. The team also won awards for outstanding workmanship and "Hottest Looking Boat."

The CU entry outpaced those of teams from 21 other schools, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Cal-Poly Pomona, and Carnegie Mellon. Complete results of the competition can be viewed at www.solarsplash.com.

2005

Solar Splash

For the second year in a row, Cedarville's Solar Splash team took the top honors as World Champions of intercollegiate solar boating. CU students Athan Waldron, Phil Buskohl, Ross Hauswald, Mike Mossop, Scott DeClark, Dustin Foster, Tim Kaminsky, and Stu Sheldon attended the competition, held in Buffalo, NY. The Cedarville entry placed 1st in the solar endurance, qualifying (maneuverability), and presentation (visual display). The boat also achieved 3rd place in the sprint race. The team accumulated a score of 910 out of a possible 1000 points, the most points ever achieved at Solar Splash.

2004

A team of recent Cedarville University engineering graduates has laid claim to the rarest of titles: World Champion. The team, consisting of 2004 CU engineering graduates Adam Felmlee of Corsica, Pa.; John Hagley of Upland, W.Va.; Brian Montague of Jackson, Mich.; Brian Morgan of Mount Morris, N.Y.; Josh Root of Wynantskill, N.Y.; and Emily Snyder of Vestal, N.Y., recently won 2004 Solar Splash®, the world championship of solar/electric boating. Dr. Tim Dewhurst, professor of mechanical engineering, served as the faculty adviser to the project; he and the team were assisted by Toby Dewhurst and Nathanael Dewhurst of Springfield, Ohio.

"We are simply thrilled at this accomplishment of our students," said Dr. Larry Zavodney, chairman of Cedarville University's Elmer W. Engstrom Department of Engineering. "Solar Splash® is an international intercollegiate competition that involves students designing, building, and sailing their boats and undergoing a series of competitive evaluations," Zavodney explained. "Those evaluations include technical reports, visual displays, and workmanship. On-the-water competitions include a sprint and a maneuverability qualifier, followed by the 'Solar Slalom,' which is a combination of speed and maneuverability. The final events are sprint and endurance tests," Zavodney said.

The CU entry placed first in the sprint event, second in the solar slalom, and third in both the endurance event and technical report evaluations. Cedarville was the only team to win trophies in all four categories. The overall strength of their entry resulted in their being named the Solar Splash® 2004 Collegiate World Champions of Solar/Electric Boating.

The CU entry outpaced those of teams from more than 20 other schools, including Cal-Poly Pomona, Washington State University, the University of Arkansas, the U.S. Naval Academy, Messiah College, and École Technologie Supérieur from Montreal, Canada. World Champions from past years have included Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Kanazawa, Japan), École Technologie Supérieur (Montreal, Canada), the University of South Carolina, and the University of Arkansas. Complete results of the competition can be viewed at www.solarsplash.com.