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FAU’s Human Powered Submarine Team Awarded for Absolute Speed at International Submarine Races

BOCA RATON, FL (July 22, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s human-powered submarine team was awarded the absolute speed award, fastest speed by category (one person propeller), smooth operator award, and second place in overall performance at the 11th annual International Submarine Races at the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division in Bethesda, Maryland.

FAU competed against 34 universities from countries such as Greece, England, France, Mexico, Oman and Venezuela, as well as the United States and Canada. The team’s race was particularly competitive with rival boat-Omer 8 from Ecole de Technologie Superieure, a university in Quebec, Canada. However, with the top speed of 6.814 knots, FAU pulled through similar to its race in 2009 when the FAU team was awarded the absolute speed award for having the fastest sub at the race.

“These students were incredibly motivated to work on this project. They have a variety of skills that go from performing computations to fabrication and machining submarine parts,” said Edgar An, Ph.D., the team advisor and professor in the department of ocean and mechanical engineering within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at FAU. “The sub project is the best way to get the students to learn how to apply and integrate their knowledge acquired from the classes taken.”

FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has other competitive student race teams that have had similar successes. The Owls Race Team recently competed at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition and took second best finish in school history with 45th place overall despite an engine failure in the endurance event. The race team also had a commendable design score of 15th out of 122 teams that competed. The American Society of Civil Engineers team also had a great showing at the National Concrete Canoe Competition, placing in various events, including the women’s endurance race, men’s sprint race, hydraulics, transportations, surveying and T-shirt design.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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