CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) — Del Mar College co-hosted with Texas A&M University-Kingsville 2018 Southwest Region AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition.

The competition focused on designing and constructing a car powered by a chemical energy source.

Then a race took place, but it differs from a typical "race," where speed and distance are important. Instead, the competition focuses on precision and accuracy.

Students who participated comprised of chemical engineering students he University of Texas, University of Houston, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Del Mar College co-hosted the event to use it as a recruitment opportunity for the new associate in science degree in chemical engineering starting this fall.

This will be the first such degree offered by a community college in Texas, according to Dan Lindley, PhD, DMC associate professor of chemistry and chemical engineering in the College's Natural Sciences Department.

"We're pleased to assist the AIChE student chapter at the university since many of our students interested in pursuing the profession of chemical engineering transfer to Kingsville to complete their chemical engineering degrees," Lindley said. "We also want to recruit students into our new program."