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Calling on students for paper to mark 110th year of turbocharging

Celebrating 110 years of turbocharging

A total cash prize of $5000 for the best papers

Celebrating 110 years of turbocharging

Submission ends 2nd October 2015

Celebrating 110 years of turbocharging

Alfred Büchi revolutionized engine power output 110 years ago

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We are awarding students a total cash prize of $5,000 for essays on the impact of the turbocharging technology on our world.

Submit your paper for a chance to win an amazing cash prize:

  • 1st prize: $2,500
  • 2nd prize: $1,500
  • 3rd prize: $1000
  • 10 consolation prizes of ABB branded gift items worth $100 each

Submission ends 2nd October, 2015

110 years ago, the Swiss engineer, Alfred Büchi patented the turbocharger. A technology that was to make diesel and gas engines more efficient and thus save fuel consumption, lower emissions and increase engine power output. Are you an engineering student or just interested in the workings of diesel and gas engines? We would like to receive from you an essay on the evolution and impact of industrial turbochargers (on ships, power plants, mining trucks, offshore oil and gas).

  • What have been the key drivers for the technological advancement of turbochargers and what does the future of the technology look like, especially with regard to economic, environmental and legislative influences?
  • Can your paper answer the question: How much would a pair of sneakers made in the US and shipped to ​Switzerland cost if shipped without a turbocharged container vessel? 

The paper must be a minimum of 750 words and a maximum of 1200 words.

How to submit your paper

  • Add your name, higher institution and contact details to the email.

Participation requirements

  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student at a higher institution. 
  • The paper must be a minimum of 750 words and a maximum of 1200 words.
  • Essay language is English.
  • Submission closes 2nd of ​​October 2015.

Terms and conditions

  • Any work that is scanned and found to have been plagiarized will be disqualified.

  • We reserve the rights to choose the winners. Submission does not entitle you to winning or receiving any compensation. All participants will be notified of their eligibility once evaluation is complete.

  • Winners will be selected via an internal evaluation process whereby selected engineers will review the entries anonymously and award grades to papers they find most relevant and substantial. 

  • Participants must be currently enrolled as full-time students at a higher institution. Indicate your institution in your submission email.

  • ABB employees are not eligible to participate, however their families are eligible to take part.

  • Entry is open to participants globally, but essay language is English.

  • By submitting your paper, you accept the above terms and conditions.