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McLean wins as 2.70 turns 20

The Introduction to Design (2.70) contest tests not only entrants' engineering skills, but their intensity and concentration. As the contest approaches, students examine their machines in minute detail, making any necessary changes in the course machine shop (facing page, top right).

Emotions run high during the contest, and fans cheer with a fervor usually reserved for professional sports games (top left).

Out of all this energy and intensity, a winner emerges. This year that winner was George Y. Mclean '93 (at left and bottom right).

An event like 2.70 requires an immense of amount of organization and technical support. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Harry West SM '86, who organized the contest, calls attention to a potential problem in preparation for the contest (upper middle right).

This year's contest challenged entrants to design a machine that could retrieve aluminum soda cans from the playing area. The majority of the cans were placed on an elevated curb, requiring an extra level of ingenuity (see above).

For a measure of comic relief, several previous contestants and teaching assistants built "placebos" that served as placeholders in various rounds. Placebos invariably are more frivolous than functional. One particularly creative placebo featured a cameo appearance by none other than Oscar the Grouch, of Sesame Street fame.


McLean wins as 2.70 turns 20