Play the Challenge for fun

The 5-week fall Challenge concluded on November 1, 2015. So, until spring, the prizes are gone but the game is still on. With your existing logins, you can still play weekly engineering problem sets while learning the engineering workflow. Use the Knovel Toolkit from the left sidebar during gameplay to solve each question. If you are new to the Challenge, register for free at any time by selecting ‘Play’ below. Enjoy!


How to Play

  1. Each week, log in with your KAC credentials to begin playing.
  2. You have unlimited time to submit your answers, as long as you do so by Sunday at 11:59 AM.
  3. You have 3 attempts to answer each question correctly. On the 1st attempt, you get 4 points. 2nd attempt – 3 points; 3rd attempt – 1 point.

Please note, you can exit and re-enter the game at any time between questions. Email us at with any questions.

What is Knovel?

Knovel is an engineering decision-support solution enabling engineers to solve problems faster. Through a cloud-based platform with powerful search and interactive analytical tools, engineers, researchers and students can confidently find answers to technical questions through best practice insights, validated equations and materials and substance data from more than 120 providers.

Challenge Content Contributors

Daniel Christe

Daniel is a fourth-year B.S./M.S. student in Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics, respectively. His research centers on integrating multiscale experiments and simulations to accelerate design and deployment of new engineering materials, such as functional fabric devices. He holds a research appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory and serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Natural Sciences & Engineering section of Drexel University’s Undergraduate Research Journal.

Rishiraj Mathur

Rishiraj is a senior year B.S. student in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. He has been part of the NASA RASC-AL forum of 2015 and led the team for Drexel to present their ideas pertaining to Earth independent habitats and Mars colonization. He has done research on Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with the Drexel Smart House and is currently striving to popularize The Drexel Transformers, an organization designed to cultivate sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship among students at Drexel.

Krzysztof Mazur

Krzysztof is a second year B.S. student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. During his first year at Drexel University Krzysztof joined the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics group and completed a Freshman Design Project focusing on damage detection in hard armor composites. In the summer, through Drexel’s STAR Scholars research program, characterized knitted functional fabrics.

Savannah Lee

Savannah Lee is a third year B.S. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Savannah serves as President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch at Drexel. This year, she organized the first student-run hackathon at Drexel, Dragonhacks, with over 150 participants. Savannah completed two co-ops as a Hardware Engineer at Woodward McCoach and a Mission Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin. In her free time, Savannah volunteers on the Mother-Infant Floor at Cooper Hospital. She enjoys camping and spending time with her family.

Hear what past participants are saying!

Victor O. Tenorio, Ph.D.

Professor of Practice, Department of Mining and
Geological Engineering University of Arizona

"Participating in the 2015 Knovel Academic Challenge was an amazing experience. Not only students were motivated to test their reasoning capabilities by using structured research and calculation tools, but also as an instructor I found that it helped me reinforcing fundamental engineering concepts."

Jay Bhatt

Drexel University

"The challenge is a fun and exciting way for students, from all over the world, to apply real-life engineering concepts to solving challenge questions in a healthy competitive spirit."

Hafiz Umar Shafique

University of Alberta

"As an engineering student, you often come across a situation where you need more than a simple definition of technical terms. With extensive database of units conversion, physical and chemical properties of materials, interactive graphs, interactive equation solving and, most important of all, a wide collection of books and publications to search from, Knovel proves more than just a search engine for engineers. Knovel academic challenge is a fun way of understanding the wide applications of Knovel tools in our every day technical problems."