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Student Design Contest Winners

Entries are judged on the following criteria:

  1. Novelty
  2. Feasibility
  3. Documentation Quality

The SPE Blow Molding Division has held its Student Design Competition annually since 2001, and selected 20 different entries for recognition.

Click here for details and submission information for this year’s Design Contest.

Past winners of the Student Design Contest and their winning entries are listed below and can be viewed through the embedded pdf links.

2016

2016 1st Place – Lindsey Gatesman
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
EBM Bumper with Tackoffs

2016 2nd Place – Casey Baran
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
EBM Cornhole Board

2016 3rd Place – Charles Buckley & Bryce Reeves
University of Florida
Blow Molded Customizable Trophies

2015

2015 1st Place – Brittany Ochs
Penn State Erie
Blow Molded Dog Bed

2015 2nd Place – Dalton Singer
Penn State Erie
Plastic Landscape Edging

2015 3rd Place – Kierstyn Williams
Penn State University
Extrusion Blow Molded Wheelbarrow Tray

2014

2014 1st Place – Jeremy Weigand
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Customizable Backpack

2014 2nd Place – Corey Benedict
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Vacuum Lint Catcher

2014 3rd Place – Brian Johnson
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Redesign of a Standard Packaging Peanut

2013

2013 1st Place – Michael Speranza
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
3D Step Tube for Automobiles.”

2013 2nd Place – Matthew Ference
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Plasti-Garage – Extrusion Blow Molded Garage Door Panel.

2013 3rd Place – Matthew Gillenberger
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Plastic Casket.”

2012

2012 1st Place – Pat Scullion
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Acoustic Toy Guitar Body

2012 1st runner-up in the upperclassman category – Bobby Emmett
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Traffic Light

2012 1st runner-up in the underclassman category – Tamara Rader
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Lily Pitcher

2011

2011 1st Place – Garrett DeCasper
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Suit or Garment Box"

2011 2nd Place – Kristen Kilroy
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Hard Shelled ABS Extrusion Blown Suitcase"

2011 3rd Place – Bradley Koren
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Road Signs"

2010

Justin Schmade
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Blow Molded Utility Pole Transformer

2010 Co-winners
Chad Houghton
Penn State University, Behrend College campus
Impact Resistant Support Columns

2009

2009 1st Place – Brad Beers
Penn State Erie
Extrusion Blow Molded Orthotic Devices

2009 2nd Place – Zachary Stefanik
Penn State Erie.
Poly-Hanger Hang-on Tree Stand

2009 3rd Place – Steve Parrish
Penn State Erie
Extrusion Blow Molded Gun Stock

2008

2008 Matt Zimbicki
Penn State Erie
Surf Boards of Tomorrow

2007

2007 Patrick Harris
Penn State Erie
Kayak Cargo Carrier

2007 Rocky Viggiano
Penn State Erie
Bipolar Fuel Cell Plates for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

2006

2006 Erica Smith & Ray McKee
Penn State Erie
Plastic Tuba Mute

2005

2005 Atanas Gagov & Pankaj Rathi
University of Akron
Plastic Exhaust System using 3D Blow Molding

2004

2004 Michael Jesus
Western Washington University
Air Swoosh Stadium Seat (Part 1 – Part 2)

2003

2003 Julia Hamlin, Heather Curtin, Julia Carlson
Western Washington University
” Blow Molded Paintbrush Handle” (Part 1 – Part 2)

2002

2002 Colin A. Anderson
Western Washington University
Blow Molded Flashlight Body

2001

2001 John Raybuck
Penn State Erie
“Blow Molded Toothbrush Handle”