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NSL Analytical Services, Inc. is a proud sponsor of the ASM Geodesic Dome Design Competition

Encouraging youth education to help support the future of Science!

ASM launched an exciting new design competition for Material Advantage students at the MS&T Conference.  This year eleven student teams from eight universities entered the competition and built miniature geodesic domes. 

Each team built their own geodesic dome and were judged across three different categories: an elevator speech, aesthetics, and mechanical strength. The last of which saw the domes being compression tested in front of an audience on the convention floor.

The ASM Geodesic Dome Design Competition was implemented by ASM Student Board Members in an effort to bring “our home at the dome” to chapters and students across the country.

Top prizes were $1000, $750, and $500 for each winning team. 

Highlights from the competition this year at the 2018 MS&T Conference in Columbus!

1st with $1,000 grand prize: Dome of the Devils (Arizona State University)
2nd with $750 grand prize: VT Dimmadome (Virginia Tech)
Judges’ Choice: VT MSE Foundry Team (Virginia Tech)
MS&T DomesDay 2018
Dome of the Devils
MS&T DomesDay 2018
VT Dimmadome (Virginia Tech)
MS&T DomesDay 2018
All Winnters
MS&T DomesDay 2018
MS&T DomesDay 2018
MS&T DomesDay 2018
DomesDay Machine


Highlights from the competition this year at the 2017 MS&T Conference in Pittsburgh!

1st with $1,000 grand prize: VT Dome (Virginia Tech)
2nd with $750 prize: Tree Killers (Arizona State University)
3rd with $500 prize: MinerDomeination (Missouri University of Science and Technology)
NSL All Winners of DomesDay
Group shot of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners


VT Dome (Virginia Tech) 1st place
NSL DomesDay
Student from ASU presenting to panelist of judges
NSL DomesDay
The FreeDOME Dome Team 
NSL DomesDay
The SkyDome Team
Highlights from the competition this year at the 2016 MS&T Conference in Salt Lake City!

1st with $1,000 grand prize: VT 3D Print Team (Virginia Tech)
2nd with $750 prize: VT Metals Team (Virginia Tech)
3rd with $500 prize: Aedificator (Arizona State University)

VT 3D Team DomesDay Competition

VT Metals DomesDay Competition

Aedificator DomesDay Competition

DomesDay Competition

DomesDay Compression Test

compression test at DomesDay

VT 3D Team Winners

Highlights from the competition at the 2015 MS&T Conference in Columbus!

1st with $1,000 grand prize: VT Composites Team (Virginia Tech)
2nd with $750 prize: VT Metals Team (Virginia Tech)
3rd with $500 prize: Sun Devil Dome (Arizona State University)

Welcome to DomesDay
Welcome to the competition!




The judges asking questions of the Sun Devil Dome team.

Larry Somrack, president of NSL, speaking to all of the competitors.

Highlights from 2014

First Place Winner – Aluminum Dome Team from Virginia Tech
Second Place Winner – Team Dima-Dome from the University of Connecticut
Third Place Winner – The Iron Lotus of Arizona State University

Domes Day First Place
First Place Winner: VT Aluminum Dome Team with ASM President Sunniva R. Collins and ASM Trustee John (Chip) Keough

VT Tech Aluminum Dome
Virginia Tech University Aluminum Dome Team

Arizona State University
Third Place Winner: The Iron Lotus Team from Arizona State University

VT Composites Team
VT Composites Team presenting their dome.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Team Presenting