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Making a splash: Kansas State University team scores high in fountain wars competition

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

Fountain Wars Team

Members of Kansas State University's 2018 Fountain Wars Team, from left: Charlie Hamilton, Devon Bandad, Jessica Stanton, John Pittala, T-Ying Lin, Teddy Gillespie and Joe Boutta. | Download this photo.


MANHATTAN — Six members of the Kansas State University Fountain Wars Team, a creative design team from the College of Engineering, brought home third-place honors in a recent international competition.

It's the seventh time in past eight 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 construct and model their entry before the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering's annual international meeting, this year July 29-Aug. 1 in Detroit.

Awards are based on combined scores of written report, video abstract, oral presentation, construction, technical tasks and an aesthetic display. In honor of the meeting location in "Motor City," the Kansas State University team incorporated the iconic Chevrolet Bel Air as the aesthetic component of its fountain. This year's technical tasks included launching a golf disc at a target and balancing a beam following placement of a weight by the judges at the contest.

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 2018 Fountain Wars Team:

Joe Boutte, junior in computer science, and Caleb Jones, junior in biosystems engineering, both from Colwich; T-Ying Lin, junior in mechanical engineering, Kansas City; Evan Morrical, junior in biosystems engineering, Salina; Devon Bandad, graduate student in biological and agricultural engineering, Teddy Gillespie, junior in biological systems engineering, Charlie Hamilton, junior in electrical engineering, and Jessica Stanton, junior in biosystems engineering, all from Shawnee; and Alexander Coon, senior in biosystems engineering, Wichita.

From out of state: John Pittala, junior in mechanical engineering, Kansas City, Missouri.


Trish Moore


Fountain Wars Team

Written by

Mary Rankin