Please join us for the following AOS Seminar on Thursday, December 5 at 4:00PM in Spiess Hall Room 330:
Speaker: Paul Smith, Chief Engineer of Product Development, Elastec/American Marine and Winner of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge
Title: “The 2011 Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X-Challenge, How Prize Money Motivated the Design and Construction of the Advancing Grooved Disc Skimmer”
By appealing to the competitive spirit in humans, and by guaranteeing a payday for teams that can solve a defined problem affecting humanity, the XPrize Foundation fosters private investment in research and development. Team Elastec and nine other teams brought their best new oil recovery devices to be tested in the Oil Cleanup X-Challenge. This is an overview of the competition, and a nerd’s-eye-view of Team Elastec’s effort.