Chemical-powered caris headed to nationals

A chemical-powered car designed and built by a team of engineering students at the University of New Haven took third place in the Northeast region of the Chem-E-Car Competition, advancing to the national tournament to be held later this year.

Among team members who built the UNH car, Pandora’s Charger, was Ridgefield resident Parker Mathis, a member of the class of 2015.

Pandora’s Charger finished behind two cars operated by Cornell University at the regional event held March 7 at the University of Connecticut.

“We may have a small program in chemical engineering, but our students are having big successes,” said Ronald Harichandran, dean of engineering.

The Chem-E-Car competition requires teams to construct a self-propelled, chemically powered vehicle that safely travels a preset distance while carrying a specified cargo. Teams are not told the distance that the car must travel and the specified cargo that the vehicle will carry until an hour before the competition begins.

The Chem-E-Car national competition will be held in Atlanta from Sunday to Friday, Nov. 16 to 21.

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