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2020 Clean Snowmobile Challenge

March 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am March 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

As February draws to a close that means we are just around the corner form the SAE Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge in the Keweenaw Peninsula where they currently have had over 150 inches of snow this year.

About Clean Snowmobile Challenge:

The SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) program 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 that tests their designs to reengineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise. Participants’ modified snowmobiles will compete in a variety of events including emissions, noise, fuel economy/endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start and design.

The CSC Rules Committee makes changes to the competition each year to keep the competition fresh and to present new engineering challenges. CSC is primarily an “engine” competition however the underlying theme has remained consistent to engineer a clean and quiet trail sled. Current trail sleds are engineered to these standards, but it is possible to achieve more. Noise levels can be reduced, and cleaner fuels can lead to lower emissions.

How to get Involved:

The Milwaukee Section of SAE is responsible for helping with this event, including judging reports written by the collegiate teams entering the competition. Your SAE Milwaukee Section needs you to help judge reports. To volunteer to judge papers, please contact Jay Meldrum (jmeldrum@mtu.edu). Judges typically read a minimum of four reports in the category they are most comfortable with (IC engines or electric). There are also volunteer opportunities during the competition. Please go to http://saecleansnowmobile.com/ for more volunteer opportunities. A schedule of events is included in this newsletter for those who are interested in helping at competition.


If you plan on attending the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge this year, please reach out to the Milwaukee SAE Section at sae@c2cintegration.com or 856-313-0581 so we can help connect you with other members that are going.

Keweenaw Research Center

23620 Airpark Blvd
Calumet, Michigan 49913 United States
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