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The MD Bracket Challenge: Vote for the Top U.S. Engineering School

Help choose the top engineering school and possibly win some prizes yourself.

For the third year in a row, Machine Design and Electronic Design are running a Bracket Competition that lets our audience vote for their favorites among 32 top-notch engineering schools. Thirty-two U.S.-based universities who met specific criteria were selected by our editorial staff to participate. These universities are highly active in several engineering communities, including design competitions, hackathons, robotics, research, and incubators. (There’s a full list at the bottom of this blog.) The contest will span five weeks, and voting began March 7th.

At the end, one school will be crowned the winner, and it will enjoy an on-campus event (I’d call it a party) that includes food, music, and more prizes. One lucky student from that school will be randomly selected for the Grand Prize: an all-expense-paid, four-day trip to Maker Faire, May 17-20 in San Mateo, Calif.

To spread the prizes around, we’re awarding one randomly chosen student from each of the Final Four,(i.e., the top four schools) an InstaLab from DigiKey worth $3,000. It includes everything a budding engineer could want, including an oscilloscope, function generator, Bench power supply, digital multimeter, caliper, and soldering station, plus enough other tools and supplies to fill a benchtop.

Even the audience who vote will be eligible for some prizes. In every round, we’ll pick three people who register and vote to win $50. And at the end, we’ll pick five people from among all the people who voted in all five rounds to win $100.

Sponsors for the coemption include Digi-Key Electronics, Microchip Technology Inc., Renesas, Maxon Motors, and Altech Corp., five high-tech companies that strongly support engineering education.

So come out and vote in all five rounds and help us determine this year’s Best Engineering School. See how you favorites do, and see if Purdue can make it a three-peat.

Click here to vote.

Here’s the list of schools in this year’s bracket competition.

Clemson University
Cornell University
Duke University
Georgia Tech
Illinois University
Iowa State University
John Hopkins University
Marquette University
NC State University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Penn State
Purdue University
Stanford University
Texas A&M University
UC Davis University of California
University of Colorado
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin
University of Washington
Virginia Tech

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