IEEE Intersociety Thermal and Thermomechanical Conference


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ITherm 2019 Student Heat Sink Design Challenge

The ITherm organizing committee is delighted to announce the inaugural Student Heat Sink Design Challenge that will be held during ITherm 2019 (May 28th- May 31st, 2019; The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV USA).

The Student Heat Sink Design Challenge is a team competition in which students will design, analyze and optimize an aluminum additively manufactured heat sink to cool a constant heat flux power electronics module subject to forced convection. The design from each student team is then evaluated based on a series of design and manufacturing criteria. The teams having the most effective and creative designs will have an opportunity to test their design using the additive manufacturing facilities at GE and using state-of-the-art test equipment at Oregon State University. Travel grants will be available to provide support for at least one member of each of the top teams to travel and present the team's work at the 2019 ITherm Conference in front of industry leaders.

Interested student teams should apply by February 25, 2019 using the application form found at the following link:

Heat Sink Design Competition Application Form

After applying, student teams will then have time to design a heat sink and prepare a 2 to 4-page white paper that justifies the design. The manufacturing and scoring constraints can be found at:

Heat Sink Design Competition Manufacturing and Scoring Constraints

The initial design assessment can be made using preliminary test results, modeling and/or empirical correlations. The white paper summarizing the design is due by March 18, 2019.

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Submission and Selection Criteria:

  • Student must be a currently registered undergraduate or graduate student.
  • All design white papers will be reviewed by a committee and some will be competitively selected for travel grants based on the criteria provided.
  • Selected students must register for the conference to participate and be eligible for the travel grant.
  • All paper and design deadlines must be met to be eligible for presentation, grants and awards.

Key Dates:

  • Online application form submission: February 25, 2019
  • Deadline for White Paper Submissions: March 18, 2019
  • Deadline for Submitting Models to GE: March 25, 2019
  • Notification of Travel Award: May 6, 2019

Special thanks to our Sponsor

ITherm Partners