Saint-Gobain Competition

2013 - 2014 Competition

The challenge is to:

Design and build a prototype device that takes an existing material(s) and, using principles of materials science and engineering, creates a novel and innovative use for the material(s) in the device which solves a challenge for society; with strong preference towards significant improvements and applications in energy usage and sustainability.  

The Saint-Gobain Student Design Competition invites teams of all undergraduate and graduate students from CWRU and CIA, including but not limited to: the School of Engineering, Physics and Chemistry Departments from the College of Arts & Sciences, Weatherhead School of Management and the Cleveland Institute of Art to participate in this student-led competition. 

The most successful contest entries will be those that leverage advanced or novel applications of materials research and design in a creative manner.  The intent is to engage students in prototyping, design and device fabrication.  The scope of the contest is intentionally broad to foster creative thought and the production of innovative devices.  It is up to the teams to determine the specific problem they want to solve and their plan of attack. 

All intellectual property (IP) generated during the contest will be wholly owned by the inventors. CWRU, C.I.A., or Saint-Gobain will not claim a stake in the students’ IP due to participation in the Saint-Gobain Student Design Competition.  (Graduate students’ projects should be distinctly independent from sponsored research from third parties and CWRU.)



Check out a video from the 2012 Competition's 1st Place Team:

The three winning teams of the competition will receive the following prizes:

  • 1st Prize: $9,000
  • 2nd Prize: $4,000
  • 3rd Prize: $2,000

Resources and Past Reports

    2012/2013 Competition


  • Sprav-1st Place
  • Hydrate-2nd Place
  • Eco Spinners-3rd Place  


    2011/2012 Competition

      2010/2011 Competition

       2009/2010 Competition