Society for Automotive Engineers chapter wins sportsmanship award

March 29, 2013
Members of the team include, front row (left to right): Stephen Carrico, John VanderHeyden, Brandon Krautkramer and Zak Parker. Back row: Robert Zettel, Isaac Peterson, Dylan Dietz, Brennan Seeliger, Niko Bognar, Jon Bohnen and Matt Hess.


PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s chapter of the Society for Automotive Engineers won the Bill Paddleford Founders’ Award for Most Sportsmanlike Conduct at the recent SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

“We always pride ourselves on delivering a fun snowmobile to competition. That is one that can perform like a snowmobile should,” said Stephen Carrico, a junior mechanical engineering major from Rhinelander, Wis., and captain of Pioneer Clean Snow. “It is always great to feel accomplished.”

The CSC took place from March 4-9 in Houghton, Mich. on the campus of Michigan Technological University. The competition is designed to present teams of student engineers with real-world problems. “The goal is to create a clean, quiet and fuel efficient snowmobile,” said Carrico.

Pioneer Clean Snow also won the CSC acceleration event, and set a team record in the emissions event. “We had our best performance for lab emissions yet with an E score of 142,” said Carrico.  “It was our personal best.”

All in all, the CSC was a fun week for Pioneer Clean Snow. “The experience up in Houghton, Michigan, is always a good one,” said Carrico. “It was a great learning experience for all.”

Contact: Stephen Carrico, mechanical engineering major,

Written by: Jacob Reecher, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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