Annual PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge Gives Undergraduates Real-World Engineering Practicum

by STEMconnector

On Tuesday, PepsiCo and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) kicked off the annual PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge, a competition that asks undergrad students to solve real-life business challenges with STEM innovation. Student teams will present their ideas and win cash prizes at the WE17 conference October 26-28th in Austin, Texas.

Students teams of up to four participants have until July 17, 2017 to submit their ideas responding to one of the following challenges:

  • Water: Consider how water is used at different points along the life cycle of PepsiCo products and propose how we can lessen our net environmental, water extraction or overall usage.
  • Packaging: Present a sustainable packaging solution applicable to a food or beverage product.
  • Equipment: Design what the next core category of PepsiCo beverage equipment will look like to accompany our current offering of coolers, fountains and vending machines.

“Each year, the students who participate in the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge are given a unique opportunity to apply what they’ve learned and help shape the role engineering plays in supporting actual business needs,” said Kevin O’Sullivan, senior vice president, Functional Capability – Beverages R&D: Product, Ingredients, Flavor and Applications, PepsiCo. “Every day, R&D is helping drive PepsiCo’s business by providing unrivaled technical skills and solutions to offer more enjoyable and nutritious foods and beverages to more people, in more places. Now in our third year, partnering with SWE enables us to connect with the future generation of female engineers and through this year’s challenge, we continue to welcome their fresh approaches to improving our operations.”

For more information on the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge, read the rest of the press release here:

And submit your proposals on the Challenge website here: