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The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

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With an innovative curriculum and real-world approach, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University prepares engineering and computer science students to embrace new challenges and create the future.

To realize our goals we have outlined a range of funding priorities designed to meet the long-term needs of the Watson School. 

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Funding Priorities 

  • Dean’s Initiatives
  • Departments
  • Watson Competes! Program

    ACM Competition Team

    The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is an international learned society for computing. It was founded in 1947 and is the world's largest scientific and educational computing society. The Binghamton University chapter of the ACM runs computing events such as programming competitions, problem-solving workshops, tech talks, and workshops.

    To support the ACM Competition Team, be sure to write, "ACM Competition Team" in the Special Instructions/Comment box.

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    ASME Student Competition Team

    The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is an international professional society that consists of professional engineers of many disciplines, people interested in the advancement of technology, and students. Through the Binghamton University Chapter, students are given the opportunity to get a first- hand look at today's industrial world. Students visit engineering companies and large manufacturing facilities.

    To support the ASME Student Competition Team, be sure to write, "ASME Student Competition Team" in the Special Instructions/Comment box.

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    Binghamton Hyperloop Project Team

    Hyperloop is a transportation concept stemming from SpaceX and Tesla founder, Elon Musk. Similar to banks' pneumatic tubes that send and receive packages, a Hyperloop pod glides at extreme speeds within a tube carrying people and goods. The tube's engineered environment and the pod's ability to levitate against the track allow the pod to travel at speeds of up to 700 mph. Hyperloop is the future of transportation–it's autonomous, environmentally friendly, and incredibly fast.

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    HackBU Competition

    HackBU is an organization at Binghamton University that fosters a community of students who work together on projects that they are passionate about, outside the classroom. We exist to mentor students, help them learn the technologies that interest them most, and get them excited about computer programming and problem-solving.

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    Human Powered Vehicle Competition Team

    Human-powered transport is often the only type available in underdeveloped or inaccessible parts of the world, and if well designed, can be an increasingly viable form of sustainable transportation. ASME's International Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. Students work in teams to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.

    To support the Human Powered Vehicle Competition Team, be sure to write, "Human Powered Vehicle Competition Team" in the Special Instructions/Comment box.

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    MicroMouse Competition Team

    The MicroMouse competition consists of student designed robot that has ten minutes to make as many successful autonomous runs to the middle of a maze in a 10’x10’ space as it could with the fastest recorded as the official competition time. The robot is controlled with a flood-fill navigational algorithm, and requires no further outside control after you press the start button.

    To support the MicroMouse Competition Team, be sure to write, "MicroMouse Competition Team" in the Special Instructions/Comment box.

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    SAE BAJA Vehicle Program

    Baja is an intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Teams of students from universities all over the world design and build small off-road cars. The goal of Baja is to design, build and race off-road vehicles that can withstand the harshest elements of rough terrain and to simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Our Baja team must engineer, build, test, analyze, promote, fund-raise, and compete with a vehicle that conforms to the strict rules of the competition.

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    SAE Hybrid Formula Car

    The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and hybrid is the newest division among their many international collegiate competitions. This project provides a rare opportunity for engineering students to bring a prototype race car from paper to reality. The design process includes computer modeling, simulation, analysis, interim reports, project management, fabrication, and troubleshooting. This project is a collaborative effort across majors. Our team competes in the international racing competition.

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    SAE Supermileage Vehicle Program

    SAE Supermileage vehicle is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The program provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying learned classroom theories in a challenging competition. The engineering design goal for SAE Supermileage Vehicle is to develop and construct a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle that complies with the competition rules. The vehicles will run a specified course to obtain the highest combined miles per gallon rating.

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    University Rover Challenge

    Binghamton University’s chapter of IEEE is starting a Mars Rover Society to create a robot for the International University Rover Challenge in Utah. Our goal is to compete in multiple events that will test the limits of our design against dozens of other universities. The Rover has multiple subsystems requiring support from Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, SSIE, Geology, etc.

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    Westgate Fund for Student Projects

    The Westgate Fund for Student Projects was established in recognition of Dean Roger Westgate, who was the second Dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Binghamton University. The funds are earmarked to encourage student competitions and student-initiated projects in their senior design, capstone classes.

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Last Updated: 2/22/18