Knovel University Challenge Breaks Global Participation Records

Knovel University Challenge Breaks Global Participation Records 
More than 50 Percent of Participants from Countries Outside of North
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- (Marketwire) -- 01/29/13 -- Knovel, a leader in
providing a Web-based application that integrates technical
information with analytical and search tools, today announced the
winners of the Seventh Annual Knovel University Challenge. The 2012
winners were chosen from the Challenge's most diverse participant
group, with a ten percent overall increase in international
participation compared to 2011.  
Each year the Knovel University Challenge presents a series of
questions on engineering-related topics, and students can use Knovel
to research and find the answers. In 2012, the format of the contest
changed to include new questions each week encouraging additional
participation while also exposing users to new problems, tools and
fresh content throughout the contest. The Challenge has become
increasingly popular among engineering students and faculty around
the world for introducing future engineers to top-notch resources as
they learn how to research, problem solve and prepare for a
competitive workforce.  
In 2012, prizes were awarded weekly to students of top-participating
universities, and at the conclusion of the contest period. The grand
prize winner was Patrick Heider, a chemical engineering Ph.D. student
from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A list of the 22
other prize recipients can be found at the University Challenge
"Knovel teaches you to search for engineering information," said
Heider. "Rather than using a conventional search engine or delving
into publications, often information can be more rapidly found using
the specialized search features in Knovel."  
Five of the top 10 schools this year came from universities outside
of the United States and Canada. The Middle East Technical University
(METU), Istanbul Technical University, CETYS Universidad Campus
Mexicali and National Cheng Kung University made their first debut on
this list. Overall, schools in Mexico, Taiwan and Turkey had a strong
The largest participation came from Oklahoma State University, with
670 total students. OSU's Engineering Librarian Kevin Drees
incorporated the Knovel University Challenge in a graded homework
assignment that he provided to more than 600 students in the freshman
engineering orientation session.   
Drees explains: "I included Knovel because the research shows that
hands-on searching with a database in an instruction session followed
by an assignment completed afterwards increases the likelihood that
students anchor the memory of the respective database and its
For more information about the 2012 Knovel University Challenge,
Knovel was acquired by Elsevier in January 2013. For more
information, please read the January 2013 press release. 
About Knovel  
Knovel is a Web-based application integrating technical information
with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver
answers engineers can trust. Knovel users include thousands of
engineers and applied scientists worldwide. Knovel has more than 700
customers worldwide including 74 of the Fortune 500 companies, five
of the Top 10 Constituents on the FTSE 100 Index and more than 400
leading universities. Knovel was acquired by Elsevier in January
2013. For more information, visit or call 0800 121
About Elsevier  
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medical information products and services. The company works in
partnership with the global science and health communities to publish
more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to
20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and
Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus,
Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby's Nursing Suite, which enhance the
productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal
suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review, which help research and health
care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively. 
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000
people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a
world-leading provider of professional information solutions in the
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