Over 150 Rice freshmen and upperclassmen attended this year's Engineering Liftoff, hosted annually by the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership. 

The event, held on Saturday September 9th in the RMC Grand Hall, was an opportunity for freshmen to meet peers, upperclassmen, and faculty in the engineering department. 

Teams competed against each other on a project designed to challenge their critical thinking and leadership abilities. Under the guidance of engineering upperclassmen, students used office supplies to build a device able to accurately launch a ping-pong ball at a target. The challenge simulated a scenario in which relief supplies need to be delivered to an island by air drop.