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UC Team wins Inter-University PACE Console Design Competition

UC Team wins Inter-University PACE Console Design Competition

PACE Console Design Team

UC has only been a member of the prestigious GM PACE program for two months and has already proven that - when it comes to design and engineering - it is the school to beat.

GM hand picked UC and three other PACE institutions - University of Missouri-Rolla, Brigham Young University, and The University of Texas-El Paso - to design and engineer new and innovative features on the center console of GM trucks and SUVs as part of a PACE Competition.

The UC team consisted of 10 Industrial Design juniors with 6 Mechanical Engineering seniors.  The students were divided into three groups, focusing on different market segments: technology, business, and family.  The teams worked in a collaborative fashion to develop a console that would accommodate features that suited all these different markets. 

The ID students conducted a customer survey across 6 countries and 12 states in the US to identify some of the most desired features.  After substantial collaborative brainstorming and mind mapping exercises, the features were selected.  The ME students then modeled and assembled the selected features using Siemens PLM Software’s NX.  They also used NX to perform stress analysis, thermal analysis, and motion simulations.

The final presentations were conducted over the internet with judges from GM's Console, CAE and Design groups along with representatives from various PACE partners and contributors such as Siemens PLM Software, Altair, MSC Software, and Autodesk.  At the end of the day, the UC team placed first out of the 11 different entries.

Advising the team were Professor Brigid O'Kane, coordinator for DAAP's Industrial Design transportation track and Professor Sam Anand, Director of Computer Aided Manufacturing Laboratory and the UCME Design Clinic.  Graduate students Steven Turek and Hemant Ramaswami from Mechanical Engineering, and Xin Fan from Industrial Design, assisted the team and coordinated the efforts.