Solar Boat Team Wins Eighth Title

by Ryan Bower, Assistant Director of Public Relations

The 2015 World Solar Splash championship returned to the Miami Valley as Cedarville University won the competition with an impressive 932.44 score (out of 1,000 points) over the four-day event. The competition was held June 10-14 at Eastwood MetroPark in Dayton.

"We're just very thankful that God has blessed us in this way," said Tim Dewhurst, Ph.D., senior professor of mechanical engineering. "We have a core group of talented students who worked hard to develop state-of-the-art engineering designs. They overcame some early obstacles and developed innovative solutions."


Middle Tennessee State University (802.54) placed second, while Geneva College (740.69) finished third. Other notable institutions included the University of Arkansas (sixth place, 631.53), University of Dayton (seventh place, 590.65), and the University of South Carolina (eight place, 530.15).

The championship marks the eighth time in the last 12 years that Cedarville’s solar boat team has taken home the overall title, making it the most decorated team in Solar Splash history. Cedarville’s victory came on the strength of wins in the endurance, qualifying and sprint events.

"We've been fortunate to have a really solid foundation of technology that's been developed by our solar boat teams over the past 12 years," said Dewhurst. "The faculty is also very important as they work tirelessely to guide students through the obstacles to come up with solutions."

In addition to winning the on-water competition, Cedarville also won awards for outstanding technical report, outstanding system design, outstanding electrical system design and most improved team.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.