Students place 1st and 3rd at IEEE Black Box Competition

November 9, 2012
Electrical & Computer Engineering

slu-black-box-winnersFrom left to right: Jonathan Steenbergen, Princewill Okorie, Gauri Nijsure, and Anthony Manno (Photo courtesy of Thane Somers) 

Jonathan Steenbergen, Princewill Okorie, Gauri Nijsure, and Anthony Manno, students in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, received First Place (Jonathan Steenbergen and Princewill Okorie) and Third Place (Gauri Nijsure and Anthony Manno) at the annual IEEE St. Louis Section Black Box Competition, on November 3, 2012.

The Black Box is an annual competition among the student branches within the Saint Louis Section. The competition consisted of students being given a “black box” of circuit components to evaluate and deduce using their engineering fortitude. Each teams consisted of one or two members and had several hours to finish their work. The teams were allowed to use books as well as essential lab equipment which was provided by the host school (selected based on the winning team the previous year).

For this years competition, Washington University was the host school with Dr. Paul Min (Counselor) and Thane Somers (Project Leader) coordinating the event. A traveling plaque with the team winner’s names engraved was presented to Saint Louis University to be displayed over the following year for “bragging rights.”


The judging team is based upon one faculty member or graduate of each participant school. Members of the industry were asked to participate if available during the competition as well.

Participants and Winners

Seven teams competed: four from St. Louis University, two from Washington University, and one from Missouri University of Science & Technology. In all, 13 students participated.

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