April 29, 2014 09:00 ET

BASF, University of Texas Announce BASF Team Chemistry Challenge Winners

Student Contest Focused on Reducing the Environmental Impact of Game Day at University's Football Stadium

FLORHAM PARK, NJ and AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Apr 29, 2014) - BASF and the University of Texas (UT) have announced the winners of the BASF Team Chemistry Challenge, a campus-wide competition to identify opportunities to lessen the environmental impact of a Longhorns football game day at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

A total of $25,000 in prize money was awarded to the top three teams during the Longhorns' spring football game on April 19.

The grand prize winning team proposed an idea to reduce the number of plastic water bottles by replacing them with compostable paper bottles and having refilling stations throughout the stadium. The paper bottles were also designed to be a "mister" that could add a safety element by cooling fans on a warm day. The winning team, named Building Austin's Sustainable Future (BASF), included Tyler Fields, Keerti Kalra, Samuel Kapust, Katelyn Kelsey, Chase Lansdale, Joshua Osuofa, Lily Nhoisaykham, and Judge Sallans.

The second place team, Team ChemEstry, proposed a multifunctional ID card to replace printed tickets that could double as students IDs, and in the case of non-student patrons, a fan loyalty card.

The third place winner, Team Bevo Balloon, proposed a disruptive solution to solve the traffic congestion and parking problem at the stadium. They suggested building a mobile application and introducing digital signs at garage entrances to provide fans with real-time information on available parking spots, thereby reducing idling cars and fans' driving time spent looking for parking places before a game.

"BASF was impressed with the ideas submitted for this challenge. The creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship demonstrate why the University of Texas is a core school for us from a talent recruitment perspective. We hope this challenge also helped the students and broader university community learn more about how BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future," said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the BASF site in Geismar, Louisiana.

BASF and UT asked students to submit proposals that included an overview of the problem, solutions, and a detailed blueprint for the execution of the idea. Students also submitted videos to support their solutions.

"The Team Chemistry Challenge was a fantastic experience in tapping into the intelligence and creativity of students at UT," said Merrick MyCue, UT Assistant Athletics Director for Events. "I'm not aware of another program that combines athletics, an industry partner, and students so close together and at the same time works on solutions to relevant problems."

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Students from the winning team in the BASF Team Chemistry Challenge at University of Texas at Austin; pictured from left are: Tyler Fields, Katelyn Kelsey, Chase Lansdale, Keerti Kalra, Judge Sallans, Lily Nhoisaykham, Joshua Osuofa, and Samuel Kapust.

BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about EUR74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:

    Maureen Paukert, APR
    BASF Corporation
    Tel: (973) 245-6077
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