Parks College Students Place First and Third in Black Box Competition

November 21, 2014
Electrical & Computer Engineering

black-box-competition-group-photo-9s9Members of the SLU IEEE Chapter Compete in the Black Box Competition

Senior electrical engineering majors Marie Lappe and Megan Depew-Brady claimed first place at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) St. Louis Section “Black Box Competition”, with seniors Teresa Lanuza and Emily Hart placing third. 

The competition, held at the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus on Nov. 15, brought together six universities from the St. Louis area to showcase the knowledge of electrical circuits. 

Each team consisted of one or two members that were given two to three hours to determine the contents of a closed box and predict the functionality of the circuits within the box.  The teams are then asked to outline their investigative probing in a report.  At the end of the competition, judges from local industries and faculty members from participating universities review the reports and provide their judgment of the students’ performances. 

“This was a great experience, and it helped us to realize our engineering potential,” said Marie Lappe of the first place team.  “We were able to compete at the same level as students from other top engineering schools, and we’re thankful to have been given the opportunity to compete.”

Three teams from the Saint Louis University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department participated in this year’s competition.  Other students in attendance at the competition include sophomores David Clark and Maura Wilson as well as juniors Komal Sinha and Melena Abijaoude.

As winners of the competition, SLU won the honor of hosting the 2015 Black Box Competition.

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