Alumni Cup Competition | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

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The Challenge

Launched in 2012, the Alumni Cup is an annual engineering design competition. Teams of students from each department compete against one another in a week-long challenge to develop a machine that will perform a specific task within certain parameters.

Points are awarded based on how well the teams meet five key objectives: 

  • The machine exercises the fundamental task.
  • The machine exhibits a creative design that showcases the respective discipline/engineering department.
  • The machine operates in a predictable manner.
  • The machine complies with all rules.
  • The team exhibits strong department pride.

Task and parameters are given to each team the Friday before Engineers Week. Students have one week and a small stipend with which to design, sketch, and build a machine that reflects their department. Teams will demonstrate their designs at the end of Engineers Week in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Rotunda. The judges’ panel will be comprised of five individuals from both the Clark School administration and the Alumni Association. The winning team will be memorialized on the Alumni Cup trophy displayed in the west lobby of the Glenn L. Martin Hall.

The 2020 competition will be held Friday, February 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Kim Rotunda. 

2019 Victors

The Team

Congratulations to the 2019 Fire Protection Engineering team on their winning machine!

Emily Thomas – Captain
Theresa Weyant
Ashlynne Orcurto
Connor Van Scyoc
Eric Auth
Evan Sluder
Graham Knapp
Jacques de Beer

The 2019 Sponsors

Logo for Amethyst Technology Bechtel Logo
Logo image for Rhino Fire Protection Technology



Captured on Film

View photos and videos from past Alumni Cup competitions. 

2019 Photos 2018 Photos 2017 Photos 2016 Photos 2015 Photos 2014 Videos 2014 Photos 2013 Photos 2012 Photos

Support a Team

For corporate sponsorship opportunities, including advertising space during the competition please e-mail

All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible and can be made online here. 

To volunteer, please e-mail Volunteers can assist with planning and execution of the competition or the post-competition student-alumni networking event, fundraising, communications, day-of support, and more. 

Learn More

For questions, contact our competition manger—Jeff Karceski '88 —at