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PepsiCo/SWE Announce 2017 Student Engineering Challenge
April 26, 2017

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology, and PepsiCo have announced the kick off of the 2017 PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge, an annual competition that challenges undergraduate students to deliver innovative ideas and technical solutions in response to real-life business challenges. Teams will be competing for cash prizes and the opportunity to present their ideas in Austin, Texas at WE17, one of the largest professional development and networking conferences for women in engineering.

“Each year, the students who participate in the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge are given a unique opportunity to apply what they’ve learned and help shape the role engineering plays in supporting actual business needs,” said Kevin O’Sullivan, senior vice president, Functional Capability – Beverages R&D: Product, Ingredients, Flavor and Applications, PepsiCo. “Every day, R&D is helping drive PepsiCo’s business by providing unrivaled technical skills and solutions to offer more enjoyable and nutritious foods and beverages to more people, in more places. Now in our third year, partnering with SWE enables us to connect with the future generation of female engineers and through this year’s challenge, we continue to welcome their fresh approaches to improving our operations.”

From now through July 17, 2017, undergraduate teams comprised of up to four participants are encouraged to participate in the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge by responding to one of the following challenges:
Water: Consider how water is used at different points along the life cycle of PepsiCo products and propose how we can lessen our net environmental, water extraction or overall usage.
Packaging: Present a sustainable packaging solution applicable to a food or beverage product.
Equipment: Design what the next core category of PepsiCo beverage equipment will look like to accompany our current offering of coolers, fountains and vending machines.

Among the total submissions across all three categories, the top three teams overall will be selected as finalists and will be invited to present their submissions to a judging panel of PepsiCo R&D leaders at WE17. Winners will officially be announced among WE17 attendees during SWE’s “Celebrate SWE!” event. To learn more about the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge, including submission rules, deadlines and judging criteria, please visit the event website.

“The innovation we see each year with the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge entries is profound,” said Karen Horting, executive director and CEO at SWE. “These students are the future of engineering, and we look forward to welcoming them to our community and seeing where their creativity and brilliance takes them this year.”

More than 11,000 women engineers are expected at WE17. The conference and career fair is an opportunity for the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge participants to explore graduate school opportunities with leading universities, meet hiring managers from major engineering companies and engage in educational and interactive discussions and events to help women on their career path in engineering.


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