Engineer a mug from ceramic raw materials and be entered into the mug drop contest at MS&T’09 in Pittsburgh. Your mug will first be judged on its beauty as well as its water holding capability. Then, the judges gleefully drop the mugs from varying heights until the breaking threshold is reached (it smashes on the unyielding concrete floor). The mug with the highest successful drop height wins!

To compete, contact Dr. William Hammetter no later than October 16, 2009.