UNI Solar Panthers cruise to another strong showing

The Solar Panthers team prepare their boat for inspectionThe UNI Solar Panthers won third place overall in the World Championship Intercollegiate Solar Boating competition in Fayetteville, Ark., June 9-13. This is the UNI team's second straight third-place finish, and fourth year in a row in the top five. They finished behind the first-place University of New Orleans College of Naval Engineering and second-place University of Southampton, from the UK.

For the first time since UNI joined the competition in 2000, the Solar Panthers also qualified to compete in the Sprint World Championship race on Sunday June 13, where they finished third behind University of New Orleans College of Naval Engineering (first place), and University of South Hampton, UK (second place).

The Solar Panthers also brought home a trophy for Outstanding Solar System Design, given to the team displaying outstanding knowledge and hands-on skills. This was a very prestigious design and implementation award for the UNI team, as they were up against some of the nations' top engineering colleges. UNI also ranked fourth in the Technical Report category.

Official scores and a list of all the schools that participated in the championship can be found on the Solar Splash website.

UNI is hosting the next World Championship June 8-12, 2011 at George Wyth State Park and on the UNI campus. The UNI solar boat project is sponsored by an Iowa Energy Center grant, the UNI Executive Vice President/Provost, the College of Natural Sciences Dean's Office and local companies.

Home Page Photo: UNI Solar Panthers team captain Hannah Loan prepares to begin a race

Above: The Solar Panthers team prepares their boat for inspection

Below: The UNI Solar Panthers team

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