University of Ottawa, Canada
This award is not just about winning on the track; it's also the ability to create a story from the win that is so compelling that people want to read it. It's the ability to create a campaign that makes other people outside of the event want to become involved. This year’s grand winner demonstrated communications creativity and proactive community outreach. They brought the story to young people using popsicle sticks and balloons in a hands-on activity inspiring hundreds of children and helping many people better understand the real mission behind the Shell Eco-Marathon. They did a great job promoting diversity and teamwork while using social media and events to bring their story to life in a meaningful way.
The Communications award also includes a 2nd and 3rd place prize.
Coming in 2nd place: Mitzli, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
Coming in 3rd place: Taq Balam, Universidad dell Valle de Guatemala.
Duke Electric Vehicles H2
Duke University, United States
The Technical Innovation award goes to the team which demonstrates outstanding technical ingenuity along with optimal use of new materials, components and inventions. The winner this year demonstrated exceptional design and deployment of technologies for optimized cost and performance, featuring innovative use of supercapacitors in a fuel cell powered prototype vehicle. The technology was deployed in a very thoughtful way, with consideration for environmental impact and marketability.
Vehicle Design (UrbanConcept)
Louisiana Tech Eco-Car
Louisiana Tech University, United States
The Vehicle Design Urban Concept award recognizes innovative design, research and original execution in terms of ergonomics, aesthetics, choice of materials, technical feasibility and eco-friendliness in the Urban Concept class. The winner this year did a wonderful job with their vehicle. This team spent a considerable amount of time developing 3D and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) Modeling of their vehicle to understand the design and aerodynamic implications of their design. We were impressed with the technical design capabilities of the team which included not only modeling the car, but designing their custom variable-stroke diesel engine to maximize the fuel economy of every stroke. The team took great pride in the vehicle's form, fit, function & finish resulting in a clean design that demonstrates detailed workmanship yielding impressive results.
Vehicle Design (Prototype)
San Antonio College Motorsport
San Antonio College, United States
The Vehicle Design Prototype award also recognizes innovative design, research and original execution in terms of ergonomics, aesthetics, choice of materials, technical feasibility and eco-friendliness. The winner this year did a great job with their Hydrogen Fueled vehicle. This team had a new and clean design, improving from last year's model, reducing the weight by 50%. They started by designing the vehicle around the driver; constructing a custom and ergonomic seat to ensure the driver was in the right position. The team collected what was considered industry reusable scrap material and used it for structural components of the vehicle. Their design and workmanship was impressive with a car-body was tightly secured with clips and attractive. Most importantly, every team member could speak intelligibly about the vehicle, participated in the evaluation and were passionate about their vehicle.
James Madison University, United States
The Safety award goes to the team which demonstrates outstanding efforts to highlight the importance of road and behavioral safety in the Shell Eco-marathon program through review of practices, procedures and implementation of changes that lead to higher safety standards. The winner this year demonstrated exceptional commitment to safety culture, particularly impressive as this is their first time participating at Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The team demonstrated safety excellence with the appointment of a risk manager, clearly understood roles and responsibilities, labeled equipment, and a regimented checklist-based approach.
Perseverance and Spirit of the Event
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
The Perseverance and Spirit of the Event award goes to the team which symbolizes the spirit and values of Shell Eco-marathon. Demonstrated actions include: overcoming great obstacles to attend the event; mastering exceptional challenges while participating; keeping high spirits, showing outstanding resilience, resolve and resourcefulness. Another consideration is how teams support other participants to help them overcome significant challenges and obstacles. The winner this year demonstrated exceptional resilience and resolve with an infallible spirit. In spite of considerable challenges and delay in getting their vehicle into the country, the team worked together to find a creative and low-cost solution to efficiently transport their vehicle across the country in time for the race. Working around the clock with the humility to reach out to others who were willing to lend a helping hand, this team successfully passed technical inspection and earned their right to compete in the race.