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September 2022

11th ISR to be Held at Naval Surface Warfare Center

Teams invited to compete in human-powered design event

The Foundation for Undersea Research and Education (FURE) and Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) announced that the 11th International Submarine Races (ISR), a biennial engineering design competition, is scheduled for the week of June 27.

"The Carderock Division is proud to host the 2011 ISR at our David Taylor Model Basin facility," said Carderock Division Commander Capt. Chris Meyer. "We are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting event that puts engineering skills learned in the classroom and in the lab to a practical test. We know all participants are hard at work on this year's designs, and we all look forward to seeing the innovative approaches they will bring to this year's competition."
One- and two-person teams from high schools, colleges, universities, and private groups are invited to participate in this weeklong contest. The ISR has been in existence since 1989, and has been conducted at the U.S. Navy’s test tank, at Carderock, since 1995. This biennial event features races that test the creative skills of young engineering students throughout the world. Teams, wearing scuba gear, contend their submarine designed vessels along an underwater 100-meter measured course in Carderock’s model basin. To date, there are 29 teams bringing a record 34 submarines to the race. (A list of the teams and where they hail from is attached.)

FURE President Nancy R. Hussey said, “We are extremely appreciative and grateful to the U. S. Navy for its continuing support, without which this event would be impossible. Our all-volunteer organization looks forward to working with the teams, our Navy colleagues and our sponsors to make the 2011 competition a great success.”

“The purpose of the sub races is to provide an educational opportunity for aspiring young engineers. Their participation in the design, construction, and operation of a human-powered submarine offers real-time application of theoretical knowledge, hands-on creativity, problem solving and teamwork skill opportunities,” said Hussey. “The sub race engineering design competition is an investment in the future of our young people, not only to help them compete in the global technology economy, but to provide a better trained and experienced resource pool of bright and industrious students to help the defense industry and the government fill future national needs.

“The ISR experience increases their value to potential employers. Studies show that students who can put their classroom skills to practical use fare far better in the post-college job market,” Hussey added.

The 2011 Platinum ISR sponsors to date are the General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation and the Oceanic Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The Marine Technology Society has joined the races this year as a Gold sponsor. Many other Silver as well as in-kind sponsors also contribute.

Source: ISR

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