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Human Powered Vehicle Team Wins ASME West Regional to Capture National Title
April 28, 2014
Leading The Way: Rose-Hulman’s human-powered vehicle won this year’s west coast regional and placed second in the east coast event to capture top national honors. The team has won 11 of the past 14 regional challenges.
Rose-Hulman is once again top of the class of the collegiate human-powered vehicle challenges (HPVC), with students capturing top honors for their innovative design and racing skills in this year’s east- and west-coast regional competitions.
The HPV team took first place overall honors at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ west regional, April 25-27 in San Jose, California, after placing second at the east event, April 11-13 in Orlando.
Rose-Hulman has now won 11 of the past 14 regional competitions.
The HPVC program provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. Students work in teams to design and build efficient, engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.
Rose-Hulman’s team worked in the Branam Innovation Center throughout the 2013-14 academic year to design, construct, and race a three-wheeled vehicle for speed and endurance. A design report and presentation are also part of the competition.
At the west regional, Rose-Hulman took first-place honors in the innovation and design events, was third in the men's speed race, was fourth in the endurance race, and finished sixth in the women's speed race. Those performances earned overall top honors among 26 teams from 12 states, Mexico, Canada, and India.
Two weeks earlier at the east regional, the team won the design category, placed second in innovation, was fifth in the men’s speed race, and was eighth in the endurance race. That put Rose-Hulman in second place overall, behind the host University of Central Florida in a competitive 36-team field.
The HPV team is part of Rose-Hulman’s advanced transportation systems program, which strives to lead the development of the next generation of innovative automotive engineers. This year’s team was advised by Michael Moorhead, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and John McSweeney, assistant professor of mathematics.
Senior team members are Simon Burns, Ethan Cating, Harrison Coons, Crystal Hurtle, Homa Hariri, Garrett Meyer, Drew Robertson, Matt Skorina, Claire Stark, Travis Tatlock, and Pat Woolfenden. Upper-class members are Josh Bertsche, Luke Brokl, Helen Chong, Zeke DeSantis, Mitch Florence, Ben Griffith, Will Klausler, Drew Miner, Melissa Murray, Louis Vaught, and Tyler Whitehouse.