Students and Sustainability at Inaugural RAPID® ChemE Cube Competition

Education, Process Intensification, Sustainability, Sustainable Manufacturing, Workforce
2021 RAPID ChemE Cube Teams

Student teams from five RAPID Member universities (Carnegie Mellon, Missouri University of Science and Technology, NC State, University of Delaware, and University of Pittsburgh) participated in the pilot competition (2020-2021 season) on November 8 at the 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting to design, build, and demonstrate a one-cubic foot plant. Designed around the 2021 theme of modular on-demand water purification, teams effectively demonstrated:

  • Teamwork
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
RAPID ChemE Cube University of Delaware Team.jpg

Teams competed on cube performance via a head-to-head duel and promoted their technology through a three-minute ad, poster, and 20-minute "shark tank" style pitch to a panel of mock investors, with the University of Delaware team (shown right) ultimately winning first place at the inaugural competition.