ASME Holds First Annual Rocket Competition

Students and Community Launch Model Rockets

By: Hilary Nieland

On Nov. 11, competitors huddled around spare parts and hot chocolate as they put the finishing touches on their entries while trying to keep warm. Walla Walla University’s division of ASME, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, hosted what the club hopes will be the first annual rocket challenge.


About 10 people entered the competition, which was held on the former site of Rogers School. The goal was for the rocket to spend as much time in the air as possible. Awards were given to the top three contestants as well as the contestant with the best engineered rocket design. Competitors were encouraged to explain their designs to the judges, WWU faculty Don Riley, Brian Roth, and Anthony Smith, so that the judges could determine the difficulty, ingenuity, creativity, and safety of the rocket.


Jaron Senecal, senior mechanical engineering major, took first place in the competition, followed by Greg Salsbery and Travis Holm, both sophomore engineering majors, who tied for second. Austin Beckner, freshman engineering major, won the award for best engineered design.

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