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Bracket Challenge

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What is the Bracket Challenge?

32 universities in the U.S. will go head-to-head in a single elimination tournament that lasts 5 weeks in March. Each week the university that receives the most votes will advance to the next round.

The top U.S. based universities have been selected according to a criteria set by our editorial staff. The goal is to highlight universities that are highly active in a number of engineering communities (design competitions, hackathons, robotics, research, incubators).

The best way to see your favorite university advance is by sharing this page with your friends and returning each week to vote

The winning university will receive the following

Equivalent commercial value of over $4,000,000 USD

*If winning university is already an ANSYS customer: 1.) This prize will be provided above and beyond their current licenses and cannot be used as payment for existing products. 2.) If equivalent licenses are already in place ANSYS will provide valuable mentoring, advanced support and/or partnership opportunity with benefits based on individual need at a minimum value of $25k or higher.

ANSYS simulation software is used to predict how product designs will behave in real-world environments and is used by 96 of the top 100 industrial companies on the Fortune 500 list, thousands of universities globally, and leading research teams. Win an ANSYS Academic Research Mechanical and CFD License for your university that has an equivalent commercial value of over $4,000,000 USD!*

  • 25 user license, valid for one year.
  • Software can be leveraged by your professors, students and researchers for any academic research or teaching activity.
  • Access to ANSYS Mechanical, ANSYS CFD, ANSYS Autodyn, ANSYS SpaceClaim, and ANSYS DesignXplorer.
  • Access to our next generation simulation experience ANSYS AIM. With integrated geometry modeling based on ANSYS SpaceClaim technology, structural, fluids and electromagnetics solvers.

Vote and register for a chance to win one of these Amazon prizes

Five random winners that vote and register in all rounds will be eligible to win

Three random winners that vote and register in a single round will be eligible to win
(3 winners per round)


ANSYS - Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs nearly 3,000 professionals and works with thousands of companies to develop and optimize the world’s leading products. ANSYS offers a free version of their industry-leading engineering simulation software for students. It is perfect for homework, Capstone projects, team projects, and more! Simulation is acknowledged as the best way to solve the most challenging engineering problems and develop the best products, which is why employers look for this skill on resumes. The software can be installed on most MS Windows 64-bit machines running MS Windows 10, 8 or 7.

Download ANSYS Student products today
Schneider Electric - Schneider Electric Motion USA is a manufacturer of motion control components for automation equipment. The company is a proven leader in innovative motion control solutions for stepper motors and electronic controls, and the world leader in integrated motor drives with the MDrive® product line. MDrive, as the world leading integrated motor brand, offering a broad range of products and features. Schneider Electric Motion USA fosters the ideas and innovative designs of those with a passion for science and engineering with our integrated motor products, knowledge and resources. Our experienced team of engineers continue to develop innovative solutions in brushless motor technology and electronic controls.

Learn more about Schneider Electric MDrive
Maxon Motors - With over 50 years of experience in drive technology, maxon works closely with engineers designing high-tech innovations. Maxon fosters the Young Engineer Program (YEP) working with college students and university professors to support them with our know-how, tools and resources necessary for their unique design challenges. Maxon's engineers have been true partners in the quest to create the right solution for each of our customers. Prototypes, custom systems, or large series: Whatever your requirements may be, we are here to be of assistance in selecting the right combination for your drive system.

Learn more about the Young Engineer Program (YEP)
Texas Instruments - The Texas Instruments University Program is dedicated to supporting engineering educators, researchers and students worldwide. Since 1982, the program has facilitated the inclusion of TI analog and embedded processing technology in the learning experience for engineering students, including: teaching materials, research labs, design projects, and course curricula. By doing this, TI aims to bridge the gap between the industry and academia, bringing real world engineering concepts to life for thousands of students every year.

Check out TI’s new site for university faculty and students.
ACE Controls Inc., is a leading innovator in deceleration, motion control and vibration isolation technology. We engineer shock absorber, gas spring and vibration control solutions for any industry. Whether it’s a stock product or custom designed for your application, we have the tools and services to ensure you get the right product every time. With 24/7 online sizing software, YouTube videos and a strong bench of experience application engineers, support is only a click or call away.

Learn more about Ace Controls
Keysight - Students are the next generation of engineers, with the opportunity to shape how our world innovates, designs, and builds the technology of the future. But are they prepared to accept this challenge? What if they could get their hands on the same lab equipment used in the top industry labs around the world? Using industry-grade lab equipment in college will help students gain the confidence and expertise needed to excel after graduation. They’ll be able to test their college projects faster, and transition to an engineering career with ease with the help of Keysight’s test and measurement equipment.

Learn more about the 1000 X-Series Scopes
Tektronix - Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has been at the forefront of digital age for 70 years, delivering advance, precise, and most-capable test and measurement solutions that empower engineers to accelerate global innovation in power and electronic designs. Tektronix Education helps prepare future engineers for tomorrow’s challenges with comprehensive solutions and product portfolio that provide the latest skills and knowledge students need beyond classroom instructions.

Learn more about Tektronix Education
Altech Corporation, who values the education of future engineers, is an established United States based supplier of components and devices used in industrial control, instrumentation and automation applications. ISO 9001:2000 certified, the Altech product line includes circuit protection, DC-UPS, digital meters, terminal blocks, contactors, industrial relays, motor disconnect switches, pin & sleeve devices, foot switches, push buttons and many other products. Altech’s products meet UL and many international standards.

Learn more about Altech Corporation and it's extensive line of control components.
At Lapp Group, we understand the critical role our brand and products play in a wide array of industries and manufacturing applications. Our business partners depend on the quality, performance, and durability of our total electrical connectivity solutions to keep their facilities and lines up and running even in the most demanding conditions. Manufacturers deal with all types of challenging environments that put our movable electrical connections to the ultimate test. Lapp Group products have a proven record of standing up to the most extreme conditions by providing the ideals level of resistance to vibration, temperature, oil, water, corrosion, and wash-downs.

Connect with durability and toughness


  • The university that receives the most votes in each round will move on to the next round
  • Each round of voting lasts one complete week
  • Voting for round one begins March 8th and ends March 14th
  • Voting for round two begins March 15th and ends March 21st
  • Voting for round three begins March 22nd and ends March 28th
  • Voting for round four begins March 29th and ends April 4th
  • Voting for the championship round begins April 5th and ends April 12th
  • The university that wins the championship round will receive prizes from all of our donating sponsors
  • The university that wins the championship round will receive editorial coverage from Electronic Design and Machine Design
  • At the end of round five, participants that voted in all five rounds will be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards (registration required in each round)
  • At the end of each round, three voting participants will be selected at random to win $50 gift cards (registration required) ends on April 12th
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