The team from the University of Kentucky has been chosen the winner of the Fluke Connect Student Contest, which tested the skills, innovation, and business application of student teams enrolled in two and four year colleges, universities, trade/tech schools, and apprenticeship programs.
The University of Kentucky team — students Joshua Morgan, Daniel Cambron, John Broadbent, Zach Reeder, and Chris Heintz, and advisor Matthew Morgan — designed a project that conducted live testing of performance parameters on a solar car. Their objective was to increase the efficiency of the solar car vehicle by at least 10 percent, while saving time by quickly finding and minimizing inefficient components. Using Fluke Connect, they saw a 16 percent decrease in idle energy consumption and 5.5 percent increase in dynamic energy efficiency.
The winners of the Fluke Connect Student Contest were determined by which team made the biggest impact using the Fluke Connect system, with 75 percent of the decision based on the evaluation by the panel of six industry judges and 25 percent on the public vote on Facebook.
The University of Kentucky team and their adviser receive a paid trip to Fluke headquarters in north Seattle in March to spend a day meeting with Fluke executive and engineering leadership, tour Fluke engineering and manufacturing, and see the Boeing manufacturing facility and Future of Flight Aviation Center next door. The school's department receives $1,000 worth of Fluke tools, and the Fluke Connect tools used in the contest submission, worth approximately $2,500.