JPL Invention Challenge - an Engineering Contest

The JPL Invention Challenge is in its 21st year of competition. Find out what this exciting engineering contest is all about. Paul will explain the contest and give a brief history of its success story. 7000 students have participated to date. (Ages 11 and up).

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Paul MacNeal

Paul MacNeal

With over 38 years of mechanical engineering experience, Paul has worked on multiple space related projects at JPL including the Mars Exploration Rover, Cassini, Stardust, Genesis and a multitude of other projects. He has experience in design, structural analysis, testing, and systems engineering. His passion for engineering drove him to create the JPL Invention Challenge in 1998. Paul wanted to show students that Engineering is FUN!