Drenched with success: Fountain Wars team takes third in international competition
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Members of the 2017 Kansas State University Fountain Wars Team and the third-place trophy they won in the recent international Fountain Wars Competition. From left: Teddy Gillespie, Aaron Akin, Alexander Coon, Devon Bandad, Cody Deas, Charles Hamilton and Jessica Stanton. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — Another year, another strong finish. For the sixth time in past seven years, a team from Kansas State University has finished in the top three in the Fountain Wars Competition, a segment of the G.B. Gunlogson Student Environmental Design Competition.
The outdoor event is a hands-on, real-time design contest in which students design and model their entry before the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering's annual international meeting, this year July 16-19 in Spokane, Washington.
Awards are based on combined scores of written report, video abstract, oral presentation, construction, technical tasks and an aesthetic display. The Kansas State University team integrated a Lord of the Rings-themed aesthetic display with its fountain design to accomplish this year's technical tasks: a beach ball launch and an egg toss.
The team, advised by Trisha Moore, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, received a cash prize and trophy for its entry in the competition.
The following students made up the 2017 Fountain Wars Team:
Caleb Jones, sophomore in biological systems engineering, Colwich.
From Greater Kansas City: T-Ying Lin, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Kansas City; Angelica White, senior in chemical engineering, Mission; John Wempe, senior in biological systems engineering, Overland Park; and Aaron Akin, team co-president and senior in biological systems engineering, Devon Bandad, team co-president and senior in biological systems engineering, Cody Deas, team secretary and sophomore in electrical engineering, Teddy Gillespie, team treasurer and sophomore in biological systems engineering, Charles Hamilton, sophomore in electrical engineering, Jesse Laning, sophomore in physics, and Jessica Stanton, sophomore in biological systems engineering, all from Shawnee.
Joe Hewitt, senior in chemical engineering, Hutchinson; Evan Morrical, sophomore in biological systems engineering, Salina; and Alexander Coon, junior in biological systems engineering, and Bailey Martin, sophomore in electrical engineering, both from Wichita.
From out of state: Dean Bennett, junior in chemical engineering, Union Bridge, Maryland.