Consulting Design Olympiad

The Consulting Design Olympiad is a competition focused on a design project that challenges NSBE members to be global engineering consultants, catalyzing them to take action around global engineering issues that affect various regions of the world, and in particular the developing world including infrastructure development, poverty alleviation and economic growth.. Working with their international counterparts, our North American members will develop strategies and innovative approaches to solving critical engineering problems. The international chapter winner of this competition is awarded the International Pioneer Chapter of the Year Award.

CDO Program History

The Consulting Design Olympiad is in its fourth year as a NSBE competition and this year is expected to be even more spectacular than the first. Participation in Consulting Design Olympiad increases each year through team innovation. Last year, University of Toronto and University of Cape Coast took first place (Gold) with the ―Windbelt-Cantenna Project: Exploring the feasibility of wind-powered Wi-Fi as an environmentally sensitive response to telecommunication demands in rural areas.

Bridging engineers from across the globe, this program encourages International Cooperation and breaks down the technology divide each NSBE member at a time. Get involved today in this dynamic opportunity that is sure to shape history.

Program Intent

The Consulting Design Olympiad (CDO) is a design project that challenges NSBE members to be global engineering consultants, enabling them to take action around issues that affect various regions of the world, and in particular the developing world. Working with their international counterparts, our members will develop strategies and innovative approaches to solving critical engineering problems.

How to Participate

Form Your Team: Each team will have eight members: four from North American chapter and four from an International chapter. Your team of four must be from the same chapter. Commitment to your partnering team is a key factor for success during team building and project development. Teams are encouraged to select advisors who support global collaboration and will actively participate in coaching your team through the entire project toward success.

  • Each team must conceive a project and develop a problem statement (Refer to Section 4.0 on Problem Statement).
  • Each team must come up with a team name.
  • Each team must elect a team captain who will serve the project manager and also as a liaison between the team and the International Programs Coordinator. If you have further questions please contact the International Programs Coordinator (Refer to Section 8.0)

NB*: Chapter Pairing Requests and Process: Every team will be composed of one team of North American members from a singular chapter, and one team of International members from a singular chapter. Comparable chapters will be paired into teams by the NBSE International Committee using factors such as chapter size and development. If a chapter wishes to request another chapter to be teams with, their request most likely will be approved. Please note your requests when you register in IMPAK. Please note that chapters can have more than one team.

If you do not have a chapter to pair with and would like pairing assistance please contact the International Programs Coordinator at nsbeinternational.programs@gmail.com.

For more information including past projects, please visit http://international.nsbe.org.