MESA National Engineering Design Competition 

Temple University welcomes the MESA USA National Engineering Design Challenge, June 20-24, 2017 to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


This high level competition showcases the best of MESA National Engineering Design Competition (NEDC) teams as they use their critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork to deliver an engineering-based solution to a heart warming challenge.

MESA National Design Competition Details

Details: Agenda is available by selecting the button on the right

Dates: June 20 - 24, 2017

Location: Temple University - College of Engineering

Location: 1947 N 12th St, Philadelphia PA 19122

Eligibility: Teams from MESA USA states who have won at Qualifying Regional Competition

Frequently Asked Questions

How will MESA teams get from the airport to the competition?:
It is highly recommended that teams arrive in Philadelphia no later than 7:30PM on Tuesday, June 20th. Temple University shuttles will be available to pick up teams from Philadelphia International Airport between 3:00pm-8:00pm. Teams arriving after 8:00pm will need to take SEPTA Airport Line from the airport to the Temple University stop, and walk four blocks to the 1940 Dorm. The Airport Line fare is $6.50 per person at a booth and $8.00 per person on the train. We will arrange to have a walking escort for those teams that arrive at the rail stop on campus.

What is the airport shuttle schedule at the end of competition?:
For teams departing Friday, June 23rd, Temple shuttles will depart Temple Engineering between 12:30-3:00pm to arrive at the airport for departures between 2:30pm-6:00pm.

For teams departing Saturday, June 24th, Temple shuttles will depart Temple Engineering between 11:00am-1:00pm for departures after 1pm.

Where are the MESA teams and coaches staying?:
Teams and coaches will reside at the 1940 Residence Hall, one block from the College of Engineering and the two blocks from the competition site. "1940" has two-person and four-person suites with private baths. A set of bed linens will be provided to each delegate. All adults staying in the dorm are required to have current background clearances at the time of the event.

Are guests allowed to attend the events?:
The NEDC is a public event and we welcome guests from our local, regional and national partners. There is no charge to attend the actual competition. However Temple University will charge an onsite daily food and activity fee (payable via cash or credit card) for team guests who choose to eat at the buffet or participate in extracurricular activities.

Are guests allowed to stay in dorms?:
We regret many of Temple's dorms are under construction this summer, so space is severely limited. At this time, only MESA delegations are allowed in dorms. If there is an additional critical delegation member/volunteer/student, we will make every effort to add that person to the MESA USA dorm roster. The total registration cost for each additional delegation member will be $610 to cover food, dorm, ground transportation and activities.

Additional guests, friends and families are invited to stay in any one of our nearby hotels, including Double Tree and Embassy Suites listed below.

How do we get around to see Philadelphia's historic sites?:
Temple University is a large urban research university 10 minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the "Broad Street Line", which is easily accessible by SEPTA public transportation, taxi, Uber, and Lyft. We have a downtown site seeing excursion planned for Wednesday, June 21st with transportation provided by Temple shuttles.

If you do prefer to rent a car, we normally have plenty of street parking near the college, and two parking garages within four blocks of the college.

What types of activities are planned for the students?:
Tuesday June 20th - Welcome to Philadelphia Social Event
Wednesday June 21st - Day: MESA Lounge, Sphero Spark Mini Engineering Design Competition - Night: Old City Tours (Guided Shuttles to Old City)
Thursday June 22nd - Day: MESA Lounge, Sphero Spark Mini Engineering Design Competition - Night: Temple City Streets and STEM Carnival
Friday June 23rd - Awards Breakfast and Tour Philadelphia (on your own exploration with Visit Philly Welcome Center)

Who do I call if I have a question about the schedule?:
MESA State Directors - contact Dr. Bracey at 215-204-6225
MESA NEDC members and judges - contact Gina Bloise at 670-994-6469
MESA USA delegations - contact Al Tielebein at 256-556-3934 or David Buckholtz at 215-823-9890
MESA Conference guests - contact Aisha at 215-828-4478 or David Buckholtz at 215-823-9890


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Address: 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107-5686

Tel: +1-215-893-1600

Estimated Average Room Rate per Night (2 Queen): $275 ~ $325

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Address: 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103

Tel: 215-561-1776

Estimated Average Room Rate per Night (2 Queen): $369 ~ $400

Resource Documents

Points of Contact

Director Of STEM Education:

Name: Dr. Jamie Bracey


Phone: (215) 204 - 6225

Address: 1947 N 12th St, Philadelphia PA 19122

Program Coordinator:

Name: Al Tielebein


Phone: (256) 556 - 3934

Address: 1947 N 12th St, Philadelphia PA 19122

Name: David Buckholtz


Phone: (215) 823 - 9890

Address: 1947 N 12th St, Philadelphia PA 19122

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