Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

CSU Spring 2021 Regional Conference
April 2-3 via Pathable

Conference has Begun!

Join us for two days of student-led competitions, presentations, social gatherings, and more!

UPDATED Conference Schedule

Friday, April 2nd, 2021
Start TimeEnd TimeEvent
4pm6pmChemE Jeopardy Competition
6pm7pmChem-E-Car Poster Competition and Safety Inspection
7pm8pmSocial Mixer / Networking Event
Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
7am9amChem-E-Car  Competition Prep / Setup
7am7:50amCoffee Chat Networking Event
8am8:45amKeynote / Welcome Address
9am10amConference Workshop 1
10am12pmChem-E-Car Performance Competition
12pm1pmLunch Break
12pm1pmPresidents Meeting
1pm2pmConference Workshop 2
2pm4pmCareer Fair
2pm4pmStudent Technical Presentation Competition
4pm5pmStudent Poster Competition
5:30pm6:30pmAwards Banquet

Student Competitions

Chemical Car Competition

Watch as schools compete to see who can get their chemically-powered car closest to a randomly selected distance. 

Competing Schools:

  • University of Utah: Pressure car powered by a hydrogen peroxide – yeast catalyst reaction.
  • South Dakota School of Mines Team 1: Hydrogen fuel cell car.

  • South Dakota School of Mines Team 2: The Aluminati: Pressure car made of mostly aluminum.

  • Montana State University Team 1 
  • Montana State University Team 2

A complete guide of the official rules and EDP format is available at:

Paper Competition

Students present technical papers related to the field of chemical engineering. The individual subjects are left up to each student, so this is a great way to learn more about a variety of topics or gain experience presenting. 

April 3rd Competition Times

Denver Haycock: 2-2:25pm

Kyle Primavera: 2:25-2:50pm

Josh Bedwell: 2:50-3:15pm

Nathan Passey: 3:15-3:40pm

Poster Competition

Students present posters based on chemical engineering or related topics. Posters are displayed and are judged to determine the competition winners.

Poster Competitor Numbers (These correspond to the breakout rooms each poster will be in during the competition):

Brandon McReynolds: 1

Catherine House: 2

Jeopardy Competition

A fun, laid-back Jeopardy competition between teams of competitors from different schools. Categories will be focused on chemical engineering concepts as well as science, math, and other engineering-related topics. There will also be at least one “miscellaneous” category not related to coursework. Feel free to sign up and see how many questions you can get! Prizes are awarded to the 1st-3rd place teams, and the 1st place team will advance to the national competition.

The Jeopardy competition will take place Friday evening, following the schedule below:

Career Fair Companies






Conference Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors who have made this conference possible!

Keynote Speaker: Tina Larson

Tina Larson Photo

Tina Marriott Larson has served as Recursion’s Chief Operating Officer since July 2018 and as our President since October 2019. She was previously Senior Vice President, Executive Committee member, and Compliance Committee member at Achaogen, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company that discovered, developed and commercialized treatments for infectious disease from May 2016 to June 2018, where she led Achaogen’s technical operations team—accountable for process development, supply chain and diagnostic development. Prior to Achaogen, she was Global Head of Technical Development Business Operations at Roche from October 2014 to April 2016, where she was responsible for business and technology infrastructure. 

She spent a total of 20 years at Genentech/Roche in technical operations roles that included Automation Engineer, Associate Director Manufacturing Sciences, Director Process Development Engineering and Senior Director Technical Development Operations & Engineering. She has both deep technical expertise in scale-up of biopharmaceutical production and managing technical and operational organizations. 

Ms. Larson was recognized by the Healthcare Business Women’s Association as a Rising Star in 2012, was recognized by Utah Business magazine as CXO of the Year in 2020, and was a 2019 Women Tech Council Awards winner. She has served on the advisory board of Colorado State University’s College of Engineering since 2015 and was recognized in 2019 as a CSU Distinguished Alumni. Ms. Larson received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University.

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