Every month at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology the race is on
to innovate and meet the college’s monthly challenge that brings together engineering
The college’s Monthly Innovation Challenges have been going on since 2011 and stem from a partnership with the Richard A. Chaifetz
School of Business and Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network.
Between 12 and 15 teams made up of three or four people usually compete in the hour-long
quest to have fun, practice creativity and to innovate by completing set challenges.
Some of the recent challenges teams have undertaken included designing the tallest
spaghetti stick structure to creating a “green” toaster box design.
During Atlas Week 2017, teams were challenged to innovate on a product used by a humanitarian
aid volunteer in crisis relief efforts. Allison Thompson, the week’s keynote speaker
and founder of CTEC, the first tsunami early-warning disaster center in Sri Lanka,
judged the projects produced and a team from the College for Public Health and Social
Justice took home that challenge’s top prize.
Teams can win cash prizes and a special $1,000 prize will be offered for a challenge
scheduled during National Engineers Week on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the rotunda of
McDonnell Douglas Hall.
The challenges are open to the entire SLU community and teams do not have to an engineering
background to participate. Faculty and staff members can also participate.
Photos by Simon Nguyen. Additional text and captions by Amelia Flood, University Marketing