Bucharest students win Honeywell global automotive design challenge

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Four students from Bucharest’s ‘Constantin Brancusi’ School have won the top prize in the global competition for automotive design based on math and science curriculum, at the annual Honeywell toy car competition. The Romanian students competed against teams from the US, Switzerland, Mexico, China and France.

The winning team named its project CSIRobotics and consisted of the following students: Alexandru Tudor Sima, project manager; Rares Stefan Rosu, design and technical manager; Mara Corina Gabriela Iordache, design manager; Mihai Silviu Chelariu, marketing manager.

“The annual event is a big deal for our global employee base, and we had a record number of votes this year to illustrate the interest in this growing program,” Honeywell Transportation Systems Chief Technology Officer Craig Balis said. “I’d like to thank Ms. Onofrei and all the teachers and school officials globally who help make this a success for the kids. We truly hope that all the students who participate had fun doing so and will pursue with a sincere interest their math and science studies. At Honeywell, we like to think that perhaps these are the first steps toward creating the next generation of engineering talent for companies to someday employ.”

The Student Automotive Design Challenge (SADC) is a program sponsored by Honeywell in collaboration with SAE International. In it, small groups of middle school students aged 11 to 14 employ a multi-disciplinary curriculum into the development of their final project. During six to eight weeks, the students interact with Honeywell volunteers who guide them throughout the process and familiarize them with the automotive industry.

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defence and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly all automakers and truck manufacturers around the world.