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Rochester Hills Students Win Local Automotive Design Challenge Sponsored by Honeywell

Students from Reuther Middle School now advance to global competition focused on math and science curriculum in annual Honeywell toy car competition

Honeywell engineer Geoff Duff works with a Reuther student during the program.

Honeywell engineer Geoff Duff works with a Reuther student during the program.

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Dec. 4, 2015 – Full of drive and passion for automotive engineering, four middle school students from Reuther Middle School in Rochester Hills were named champions of the local Student Automotive Design Challenge (SADC) sponsored by Honeywell and SAE International.

The winning team of Gavin Brown, Arul Bhatia, Thomas Conley, and Aman Nagesh created the “FLASH” during two months of classroom activities. The special curriculum emphasizes math, science, technology, social studies and language arts in order to research, design, market and engineer a functioning electric gear-driven toy car that must meet performance standards.

The program was by teachers from Reuther and assisted by Honeywell employee volunteers. Honeywell’s SADC is now in its eighth year and was comprised of more than 350 students from around the world including 40 students, compromising nine teams from Reuther.

“The SADC has been a wonderful opportunity to show our students how math, science and technology can be fun. Honeywell’s expert help enabled our students the chance to apply their theoretical knowledge of these subjects in practice – and in a way that they enjoy,” said Laura Duff, teacher and director of the SADC program at Reuther.

The students who developed the FLASH will now go on to the international challenge, facing other student teams from United States, Czech Republic, Mexico, China, and France. All of the teams will construct a video of their project which will be made available online for Honeywell employees around the world to vote on in order to select a world champion in late January. The winning team will be recognized by Honeywell throughout its global operations and will be hosted for a trip to an industry attraction linked to math, science or automotive technology.

“The annual projects and opportunity to work with talented young students is always something our employees are excited to be involved with at the local level,” said Honeywell Transportation Systems Chief Technology Officer Craig Balis. “We hope that all the students enjoyed the experience to the point of perhaps leading them to purse math and science with even greater interest. I like to think that perhaps these are the first steps toward creating the next generation of engineering talent for companies like Honeywell to employ in the future.”

The SADC Challenge is a co-sponsored program between Honeywell and SAE International, in which small groups of middle school students aged 11 to 14 employ a multi-disciplinary curriculum into the development of their final project. During the six to eight week in-class school curriculum, the students are connected to Honeywell volunteers, who mentor and guide them through this process, giving the students an opportunity to connect and engage with the automotive industry.

For more information, please visit the Honeywell SADC Challenge website at or at its Facebook site

About Honeywell

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. For more information, visit or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero and @Honeywell_Turbo.

Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit

About SAE International SAE International is a global association of more than 134,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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