Elsevier Engineering Academic Challenge: Student registration is open.

Sep 11, 2018 · Erin Thomas

In this annual contest, students can win weekly prizes by using the Knovel and Compendex databases to answer questions derived from real-world scenarios and problems. Students can sign up now. The first problem set went live on Monday, Sept. 10. A new set of questions will be posted every Monday for 5 weeks.

During the competition, students can use Knovel and Compendex (Engineering Village), both online technical reference resources focused on the engineering community, to answer questions and win prizes. The competition is both at an individual level and a university level.

What is Knovel/Compendex?

Knovel is a web-based application integrating technical information (from handbooks and other reference sources) with interactive analytical and search tools. Compendex, also called Engineering Village, is a comprehensive database that covers the engineering literature – peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, technical reports, and more. Both can be found through the Library’s Article Indexes & Databases.

When does the challenge happen?

The challenge runs from September to October 2018.

What are the themes for 2018?

  • Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery
  • Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
  • Provide Access to Clean Water
  • Engineer Virtual Reality
  • Engineer Better Robots

What are this year’s prizes?

  • Grand Prize (The highest cumulative score over the whole EAC): $100 Amazon gift card
  • 2nd Place: $60 Amazon gift card
  • 3rd Place: $40 Amazon gift card
  • Design Challenge: $100 Amazon gift card
  • Weekly winner (The highest score for the week): $50 Amazon gift card
  • Weekly 2nd Place: $30 Amazon gift card
  • Weekly 3rd Place: $20 Amazon gift card

How to participate?

Fill out the form at the Engineering Academic Challenge page to sign up, then log in every week to answer the problem sets as they become available.

For questions about using Knovel or Compendex/Engineering Village, contact your friendly SciTech subject librarian.