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"City of the Future" Competition Awards Announced
April 13, 2007

Three of the nation’s leading engineering colleges are celebrating their winning entries in IBM and The History Channel® nationwide competition called The City of the Future: A Design and Engineering Challenge. IBM and The History Channel®, in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), challenged engineering students to peer into the future and propose the innovative engineering solutions that will sustain our great cities far in the 22nd century. It marked the second phase of a competition that earlier asked the nation’s architects to design “The City of The Future,” inspired by past civilizations revealed in The History Channel series, Engineering an Empire.

The winner in the New York metro area was New Jersey’s Science & Technology University whose team included Latha Singanamalli, Kiratbir Khurana, Arwa Gheith, and team captain Gian Francisco. In Los Angeles, California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo fielded a winning team with team captain Derek Benedict, Karen Nishimoto, Anthony Henderson, and Christopher Pratt. In the Chicago region, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had Team Captain Peter Pascua, Sean Poust, Cam Talishi, and Chistiana Barnas submit the winning effort.

Presentations were evaluated based on innovation, presentation, viability, application of engineering principals, and incorporation of the City of the Future design concept. Winning teams were named “IBM Engineers of the Future” and received $5000 from IBM. IBM also donated ThinkPads® to the winning teams’ schools.

New Jersey Science & Technology University students focused on how best to provide and distribute new forms of energy to power New York, presenting their project to a panel of engineering and design experts. Students from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created an engineering infrastructure for Chicago’s water management while the team from the California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo offered engineering solutions to transportation woes in the Los Angeles metro region.

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