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Purdue students Michael Stumpf, from left, Greg Bauman and Drew Wischer celebrate the winning run of their machine on Saturday (Feb. 24) in the regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Their team, the Society of Professional Engineers, claimed its third consecutive regional competition win with a machine that used 134 steps to squeeze juice from an orange into a pitcher and then pour the juice into a glass. The competition, which took place on the Purdue campus, pays homage to the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing whimsical machines with complex mechanisms to perform simple tasks. Stumpf is a junior from Liberty Township, Ohio; Bauman is a freshman from Hoagland, Ind.; and Wischer is a senior from Cedarburg, Wis.

 

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Purdue seniors, from left, Mike Fiwek and Will Wade celebrate the run of their machine in Saturday's (Feb. 24) regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Fiwek of Elkhart, Ind., and Wade of Leslie, Mich., are members of the competition's second-place Society of Manufacturing Engineers team. The competition, which takes place on the Purdue campus, pays homage to the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing whimsical machines with complex mechanisms to perform simple tasks. Teams in this year's event had to design machines to squeeze juice from an orange into a pitcher and then pour the juice into a glass.

(Purdue News Service Photo/David Umberger)

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Purdue Rube Goldberg team wins for third consecutive year

 

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