Saint-Gobain Competition


Saint-Gobain Student Design Competition

Do you have an idea which will solve a problem in society? Do you want a chance to win $9,000 while working with a team of colleagues and mentors, and gaining recognition from industry leaders, CWRU faculty, and the Cleveland community? Enter the Saint-Gobain challenge:

Design and build a prototype device that takes an existing material and, using principles of materials science and engineering, creates a new and innovative use for it that solves a problem for society. 

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

In the Saint-Gobain Student Design Competition, you’ll create a team of undergraduate and graduate students from any CWRU Engineering Departments, the Weatherhead School of Management Departments, the Physics and Chemistry Departments and the Cleveland Institute of Art to participate in this exciting student-led competition.

The Saint-Gobain competition offers you a unique opportunity to:

  • Network with students and faculty members with a wide range of talents in various disciplines to create a well-rounded prototype.
  • Experience the process of prototyping, design and device fabrication to leverage advanced or novel applications of materials research and design in a creative manner.
  • Build your résumé while receiving a chance to win prize money. Prize money is awarded to first and second place teams in the semi-finals and to first, second, and third place teams in the finals.
  • Gain recognition from CWRU faculty and staff, Saint-Gobain, potential employers, and local media for your prototype device.

Click here for full competition rules.

Who is Saint-Gobain?

Saint-Gobain is the oldest and one of France’s leading corporations with activities in over 57 countries, more than 200,000 employees, and sales of approximately 44 billion euros. The company’s roots are in flat glass manufacturing and cast iron piping. Today, the company has activities in five major areas: Flat glass; high performance materials; construction products; and building distribution and packaging. In North America, Saint-Gobain has grown by smart acquisitions and generally continues to market products under the names of the acquired companies such as Certainteed® and Norton®. Saint-Gobain’s mission is worldwide leadership in construction markets offering innovative solutions to meet the fundamental global challenges of growth, energy and the environment.