Winners in The Ryerson Invitation Thrill Design Competition

We are happy to announce the group of Carnegie Mellon University students have won two of the four engineering challenges as well as the Engineering Overall Design Award at this year’s Ryerson Invitation Thrill Design Competition (RITDC). The CMU interdisciplinary team consists of Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) students Conor Triplett, and Nidhi Ramanathan, College of Engineering Mechanical Engineering students sophomore Carolyn Youstra, and senior James Biltz, and College of Fine Arts, fifth year Architecture student Monica Toren.

The three awards won by the CMU
The three awards won by the students, including the Engineering Design Challenge Champion.

This was the first year CM students have been invited to participate in the design competition. The creative design challenge-based competition is sponsored by Universal Creative in Orlando, FL and Ryerson University since 2014.

The CMU students outside of Universal Parks on Orlando

The RITDC presents multiple design challenges to teams of up to six students.  The teams choose the challenges they are most interested in and best suit their talent and skills.  While the teams are not required to enter all challenges, they earn points toward the overall competition standings for their placement in the challenges they do enter.  Using imagination, computer software, and rhetorical skills, the teams will solve the challenges and present their solutions to a panel of judges from Universal Creative, Ryerson University, and other industry professionals.

This amazing opportunity for the students and their participation would not have been possible without the support of ETC Faculty member Shirley Saldamarco as the faculty advisor and support and funding provided by Dean of Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media, Keith Webster. 

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