The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and PepsiCo announced today that they launched a contest challenging young engineers to develop innovative ideas to improve PepsiCo products. The PepsiCo SWE Student Engineering Challenge is now open for submissions.
Engineering undergrad students are invited to form teams of four and develop original, technical solutions to enhance the way PepsiCo makes, moves and sells their products. Students are encouraged to develop ideas that will promote sustainability and make a positive impact on society.
Each team will have the creative freedom to approach the challenge from any angle, provided their solutions fall into one of three categories: Packaging, Equipment Design, and Product and Ingredient Processing. Each team must submit their proposal by May 29, 2015. The top three teams will present their solutions at SWE's Annual Conference - WE15, the world's largest conference of women engineers, this October 22-24 in Nashville, TN.
"At PepsiCo, we take environmental stewardship very seriously and have put in place the systems, processes and metrics needed to drive continuous improvement in energy and water conservation as well as packaging and waste reduction. This challenge helps us take a step further by tapping the minds of young engineers to come up with fresh approaches to improving PepsiCo products, equipment, and processes," said Richard Velazquez, Emerging Tech & Innovations, PepsiCo.
The first place team will receive a cash prize of $500 per team member. The second place team will receive $250 per team member and the third place team will receive $100 per team member. Each of the top three finalist teams will receive a certificate of recognition.
"We are proud to shine the light on the brilliant minds of our young SWE members through our partnership with PepsiCo. We see firsthand through our collegiate programming and regional meetings just how talented these aspiring engineers are and can't wait to see the ideas they bring to the table," said Karen Horting, SWE's executive director and CEO.
Visit PepsicoStudentChallenge.swe.org to register team members and submit an entry by May 29, 2015.