November 2012 Programs

Vehicle Aerodynamics in Aircraft and Motor Racing Applications

Date:November 16, 2012
Location:Caterpillar Global Communications Center, Rm. 126

Bradley University

The Bradley University chapter of SAE International is hosting a special guest speaker on Friday, November 16.

Mr. Paul Glessner will be speaking about vehicle aerodynamics in aircraft and motor racing applications, designed for both the interested novice as well as the technically-minded. His talk will cover topics including flow visualization, the various components of lift and drag, wind tunnels, and performance of computational fluid dynamics.

The event is FREE and will be held at 6PM in Room 126 of the Caterpillar Global Communications Center on Bradley's campus. Space is limited to 120 seats. Please RSVP to so we can keep track of the space available.

ICC's Annual Engineering Design Competition

Date:November 15, 2012
Location:Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus

Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium

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5:30PM - 6:00PM		Teams set up/design check
6:00PM - 7:45PM		Design Competition
7:45PM - 8:00PM		Competition Completion and Awards
Design teams will compete to see who's trebuchet can throw a tennis ball the farthest out of three throws. In addition, each team will vote on the other teams' trebuchets for quality of engineering to decide the Best Design award. Cash prizes will be awarded, courtesy of SAE.


  • 1st Place: $125
  • 2nd Place: $75
  • 3rd Place: $50
  • Best Design: $50
The following design criteria must be met:
  • The design must be original
  • Total weight must not exceed 10 pounds
  • Total cost must not exceed $50
  • Must be powered only by gravity (any elastic components used must not contribute energy to the throw)
  • Each trebuchet must be able to hold itself in the ready position without human assistance, and then can be released by a trigger. If the counterweight has to be released directly by a human, a judge will release the counterweight.
Everyone is invited to form teams and enter the competition. The cash prizes will only be awarded to teams that have at least one ICC student member. You must show a valid student ID at check-in. Each team must have between two and five members. Entry forms must be submitted no later than November 15, 4PM. To enter, or for more information, contact:
Steven Portscheller
Office 318D