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  • What is PEP?
  • 2021 Competition Information
  • 2021 PEP Talks
  • 2021 Competition Rules
  • Sponsorships
  • Getting Started
  • 2019-2020 Updates
  • 2018 Event Celebration

The Overview

Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) for Small Craft is an educational and competitive program to foster the development of electric boats in the United States. College teams are granted up to $7,000 and put in touch with mentors and online learning to ensure they can safely construct an electric-powered boat that can complete a five-mile race. If you read this material and still have questions, please contact us at fleet@navalengineers.org. The second PEP competition will be held July 2021 in conjunction with the Multi-Agency Craft Conference and you can sign up by completing this application.

PEP: Powering the Future Workforce

The Naval Engineering community needs a more diverse, energetic workforce ready to tackle modern problems. PEP empowers students with knowledge and real-world experience. This senior project is consistently one of the most sought-after options in ME departments. This program brings new perspectives and new voices to the naval engineering, and prepares them to be successful upon graduation.

These universities and ASNE's form two legs of a three-legged stool that includes industry. These teams need industry partners to provide mentors, in-kind donations, and a window into professional naval engineering. These student teams are meeting virtually throughout Fall 2020 providing a unique opportunity for professionals to join the conversation for an hour or two, and help guide the future naval engineering workforce.

PEP includes nearly 80 college seniors in universities across the country. They need our help to complete this education and find their career.

PEP Updates

PEP is concluding its active recruitment of new teams; get your applications in soon! Our Summer 2020 pitch: If you are planning your senior capstone activities, count PEP in! We can grant your department up to $7,000 to ensure your PEP team has a successful year. Given current conditions, we foresee teams being able to connect virtually, work with design software, and share analyses. If you foresee a full school year of distance/modified learning, then we suggest the December deliverable is a Gantt Chart or 4D model that outlines how the team can assemble the components while meeting your school's social distancing regulations and best practices as outlined by the CDC.

We are here to help! Email us fleet@navalengineers.org this summer, in the fall, whenever you want to discuss how to make this project work with your unique situation. Or, simply complete the Corporate/University sign up form (only complete what addresses your situation). Thanks so much for your hard work to make this a productive year for these developing engineers!

Traditionally, May is when college seniors celebrate their hard-earned degrees and take a breath before joining the workforce or professional degree programs. PEP competitors added one key task to their year-end activities: documenting and distributing their work to future PEP teams. With this hard documentation work, 2020-2021 teams will be able to complete fabrication and testing. ASNE personally thanks each team member for spending the extra late-night hours on the PPTs, the 3D models, and the virtual documentation that will ensure the next PEP competition sees this design work through to the finish.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the MACC conference and the PEP competition will be postponed until July 2021. Although we are saddened that this year's teams will not be able to participate, we are proud of the work PEP participants did to make this year a success despite incredible challenges. These students worked tirelessly to design and document these projects. THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication!

Teams Committed to the 2021 PEP Competition

 

  • Catholic University
  • George Mason University
  • University of Michigan
  • North Carolina A&T - Water Aggies
  • Old Dominion University
  • Princeton University - Papillon Rouge
  • Stevens Institute
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Washington
  • Widener University
Invited:
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Georgia

 

The Competition

2021 Route

Participants in the competition will be tasked with completing 5 laps of a short <1 mile out and back circuit in relatively protected waters of Curtis Creek and Arundel Cove. The competition is open to both manned and unmanned vessels, but participation is subject to compliance with all USCG regulations. Manned and unmanned vessels will race separately for safety reasons. Additionally, the competition organizers reserve the right to decline any vessel water access if safety concerns are present.

The Schedule

The competition will be held during the reception portion of the Multi-Agency Craft Conference, thus ensuring an audience for competitors. Competitors will be expected to launch their boats from the USCG Yard boat ramp late afternoon of July 15 as the MACC in-water demonstrations come to a close. Competitors are required to pull their boats from the water at the conclusion of the competition. Note, due to space constraints, anyone wishing to display their PEP vessel for the duration of MACC must separately purchase an in-water, static, or tent exhibit space.

Competitor Incentives

As part of the PEP program, up to five $2,000 technology mini-grants will be awarded to participants to encourage further innovation in electric power for small craft.

Top 3 Winners will be awarded $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 in each class.

The Rules

Download a copy of the 2020 competition rules here. Updated rules will be released Spring 2021 after finalizing conversations with the USCG Yard. Teams can be prepared if they keep in mind these USCG Safety Rules.


The Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) is an open forum for the exchange of operational and technical information on small boats and craft between Government agencies and the maritime community. Information on new technologies and new product offerings as well as information on Army and Navy service craft, Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats, Navy and USMC expeditionary craft, and Naval Special Warfare craft are highlighted in chaired technical presentations, vendor and agency displays, and in-water demonstrations. Participants in PEP are entitled to one complimentary registration to MACC. Note, due to space constraints, anyone wishing to display their PEP vessel for the duration of MACC must separately purchase an in-water, static, or tent exhibit space. PEP vessels will otherwise be expected to trailer launch prior to the competition, and be removed from the water and USCG Yard following the competition. For more information on the Multi-Agency Craft Conference, please visit: MACC 2021 Conference Page.

2021 Professional Development

Each PEP competitor is entitled to participate in these learning opportunities. Can make a live session? Don't worry, each resource will be listed here as an on-demand resource.

  • 9/8 (2-3:30pm EDT): Kayaks to Carriers: Part 1 (Dr. Leigh McCue, George Mason University) - Recordings are here
  • 9/9 (2-3:30pm EDT): Kayaks to Carriers: Part 2 (Dr. Leigh McCue, George Mason University) - Recordings are here
  • 9/11 (1-2pm EDT): "Electrical Systems for Motor Propulsion" (Dr. John Suarez, Widener University) - Recording are here
  • September: Discussion of Hull Lines (Mr. Joshua Stickel, George Mason University)
  • September: Step Hulls (Dr. Raju Datla, Stevens Institute of Technology)
  • October: Electrical Systems (CAPT Rich Delpizzo, ABS)

2021 MACC

Competition Rules

For a downloadable version of the most recent competition rules, please click here
 

The Course The competition course will begin and end at the white buoy to the southwest of the boat launch at the USCG Yard. Each boat is tasked with completing 5 laps (<1 mile per lap) with turns defined by the buoy and the railroad bridge (see image below). This short track course will allow for maximum visibility by MACC attendees and safety of those competing. Participants must not approach within 100 yards of USCG docked assets.

Safety Safety is our highest priority. Participants agree to obey safety instructions provided by competition organizers. Vessels that appear a hazard will not be permitted in the water. Vessels must comply with USCG safety regulations. PFDs must be worn by competitors when on the water and all vessels must carry a paddle or oar. While the MACC reception will be ongoing during the competition, competitors shall not consume alcoholic beverages prior to the competition. Inebriation is grounds for immediate disqualification.

A corporate sponsor will provide a chase boat for the competition. If you are in need of support, you will be able to signal the chase boat.

Qualifying Vessels Entry is open to any vessel, manned or unmanned, operating with an electric propulsion system. There is no minimum or maximum engine size or power output specified under these race rules. Vessels shall have appropriate fit and finish to appear sea worthy; no “Frankenstein” vessels. All vessels must comply with USCG safety regulations. Gasoline engines, recharging via an onboard generator, sails, and manual propulsion are prohibited during the competition. Competitors will not have a charging station available to them on site. All vessels must be equipped with sufficient battery storage to complete the race. Solar power and/or charging is permitted.

Vessel Classes The competition will have wave start times, to be determined on-site based on the number of entries within the class. Classes include:

  • Manned
  • Unmanned

 

For safety, unmanned vehicle entries will compete separately from manned vehicles.

Top 3 Winners will be awarded $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 in each class.

Participation in the Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) Each participant is entitled to one complimentary registration for MACC. The competition will be held during the reception portion of MACC on July 15, thus ensuring an audience for competitors. Competitors will be expected to launch their boats from the USCG Yard boat ramp late afternoon of July 15 as the MACC in-water demonstrations come to a close. Competitors are required to pull their boats from the water at the conclusion of the competition. Note, due to space constraints, anyone wishing to display their PEP vessel for the duration of MACC must separately purchase an in-water, static, or tent exhibit space. Charging facilities are not available at the waterfront.

Liability and Photo Release All competitors must complete the liability and photo release included on the last page of the downloadable competition rules. For minors, a parent or legal guardian must also sign.

 

Sponsor

Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) for Small Craft is made possible by generous support from the Office of Naval Research under grant number N00014-18-1-2275. While the race is open to Students and Academia, small or large businesses, or individuals, ASNE is seeking monetary or in-kind industry sponsorships to promote STEM with the aim of having teams sponsored by at least one company.

If you would like to be a PEP sponsor Fill out this form and email it back to fleet@navalengineers.org

Getting Started

We know what you're thinking, "wow this sounds so fun now how do I sign up?" Great question, see the below for what to do next.

Step 1: Read the PEP 2021 Rules

Step 2: Sign up to be a part of PEP 2021

 

Step 3: Consider the educational opportunities this Fall and start connecting with local businesses that can provide in-kind donations and mantorship.

 

Fall 2020 goal: Strong design and production process presented to faculty and mentors.

 

Need to spread the word across campus?

Click here to download the PEP flyer

For questions, please contact: fleet@navalengineers.org.

Demonstrations from 2019-2020 

PEP Teams from GMU after presenting their work to ASNE and ONR sponsors.

Send us your PEP updates to us at fleet@navalengineers.org and we will publicize your success!

Videos from 2018 

Check out the 2018 race highlights reel and interview with ONR Program Manager Steve Russell to learn about the context and sights you will get to experience dockside at PEP!

The winner of the 2018 PEP competition in the Small Business category was Pure Watercraft Inc, with an average lap time of 3' 5". See highlights from their victorious run.

The winner of the 2018 PEP competition in the Individual category was the Electric Umiak, with an average lap time of 44' 4". See the Umiak in action in the video below.