2017 was the second time Rotor Clip challenged engineering students all over the nation to flex their skills and come up with a unique device design that incorporated a retaining rings set as the fastening method. This year’s contest threw a bit of a curve ball to students, asking them to also incorporate a functioning wave spring in their designs.  The finished device had to display motion or movement in order to be considered.

Four degreed mechanical engineers from Rotor Clip served as judges for the contest. They viewed the five finalist’s presentations and selected the top three winners.

The contest was held in affiliation with ATMAE, the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering. The goal of Rotor Clip’s affiliation is to support education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) through programs that expose students to “real world” situations and encourage them to pursue manufacturing careers.

The students put on their thinking caps and rose to the challenge. Many designs not only met the contest requirements, but also demonstrated their grasp of sound engineering principles. Selections were based on originality and creativity; application of sound engineering principles as they apply to retaining rings; complexity and functionality of the design; quality of the design presentation. 

Congratulations to the contest winners! Here they are:

First Place

East Carolina University – Model Rail Road Hand Cart
Team Members: Erik Panarusky, Sam Poindexter, John Rayner, Zachery Rogers
Advisor: Ranjeet Agarawala

Second Place

Purdue University – Spirograph
Team Members: Paul Gemperlein, Emily Maneke, Jake Piekarski, Lexie Ritter
Advisor:Rosemary Astheimer

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Third Place

East Carolina University – Roto Board
Team Members: Joshua Steadman, Alex Senatore, Cedric Steele II, Colby Scott
Advisor: Ranjeet Agarawala

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The first place team is also being hosted by Rotor Clip at their Somerset, NJ Headquarters where the team will have the chance to tour our facilities and meet the contest judges. Additionally, the team discuss their design with visitors at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing Show – New York in June at the Rotor Clip booth!


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