Here is what Angelo did as design judge:
Design judges evaluate both (a) the design of the team’s vehicle and (b) the team’s knowledge of engineering design as applied to autocross vehicles and their ability to justify their design decisions.
Each team is assigned a 60-minute slot for design judging during which the judges examine the vehicle and talk to the team. Judging teams typically have 3+ members each of whom evaluates the vehicle and team on specific areas of the car, i.e. chassis, suspension, power train, ergonomics etc. Judges will spend approximately 45 minutes with the individual teams and the remaining time being spent recording feedback for the teams and discussing judge impressions within the judging team.