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PRESS RELEASE : University of Kentucky team wins the Fluke Connect Student Contest

Team used the Fluke Connect system to increase the efficiency of solar car vehicles

Everett, Wash., Dec. 18, 2014 – The team from the University of Kentucky has been chosen the winner of the Fluke Connect Student Contest, which tested the skills, innovation, and business application of student teams enrolled in two and four year colleges, universities, trade/tech schools, and apprenticeship programs.

The University of Kentucky team — students Joshua Morgan, Daniel Cambron, John Broadbent, Zach Reeder, and Chris Heintz, and advisor Matthew Morgan — designed a project that conducted live testing of performance parameters on a solar car. Their objective was to increase the efficiency of the solar car vehicle by at least 10 percent, while saving time by quickly finding and minimizing inefficient components. Using Fluke Connect, they saw a 16 percent decrease in idle energy consumption and 5.5 percent increase in dynamic energy efficiency.

The projects produced by the University of Kentucky Solar Car team and the other finalists showcase how the next generation of engineers and technicians will take measurements, and share and transfer data amongst their team members — a key reason for the development for Fluke Connect," said Salvatore Paralatore, vice president of global marketing for Fluke Corp. "We look forward to hosting the University of Kentucky team at Fluke Park and using the feedback and learning from all the team projects in the continued development of the Fluke Connect App and tools."

The winners of the Fluke Connect Student Contest were determined by which team made the biggest impact using the Fluke Connect system, with 75 percent of the decision based on the evaluation by the panel of six industry judges and 25 percent on the public vote on Facebook.

The University of Kentucky team and their adviser receive a paid trip to Fluke headquarters in north Seattle in March to spend a day meeting with Fluke executive and engineering leadership, tour Fluke engineering and manufacturing, and see the Boeing manufacturing facility and Future of Flight Aviation Center next door. The school’s department receives $1,000 worth of Fluke tools, and the Fluke Connect tools used in the contest submission, worth approximately $2,500.

Fluke Corporation

For information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of a distributor, contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206, call (800) 44-FLUKE (800-443-5853800-443-5853 FREE), fax (425) 446-5116, e-mail fluke-info@fluke.com or visit the Fluke Web site at www.fluke.com.

About Fluke

Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes.

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