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MSU takes home five awards at the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

May 17, 2011 -- MSU News Service


Members of MSU's Human Powered Vehicle Competition team and their bike, the ThunderCat. Left to right: Nick Svinicki, Brian Mayernik, Kiki Fischer, Ryan Harris, Brandon Buerkle and, on the bike, Mike Bly. Team members not pictured are: Mark Mehlhaff and Cara Duberstein (MSU photo by Tyler Busby)   High-Res Available

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Montana State University students rode away with several awards at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human Powered Vehicle Challenge held on the MSU campus last weekend.

The MSU ThunderCat team fought two days of intense wind to an impressive finish and five awards in the speed vehicle class, including second place in design, first place women's sprint, first place men's sprint, first place endurance race and first place overall.

MSU led a field of 18 collegiate teams in the three-day event that featured highly engineered "super bikes" in a series of races and challenges down Garfield Ave. and around the Montana State University campus as engineering students put their pedal powered prototypes to the test.

"The ASME's international Human Powered Vehicle Challenge provided an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives," said Chris Jenkins, MSU mechanical and industrial engineering department head and adviser to the MSU team. "In the HPVC, students work in teams to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use--from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market, to fast-paced recreation."

For the first time, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers event was held in Montana, hosted by MSU. It is the sixth time an MSU team competed in the event. The event included a design review, sprint events, a utility vehicle endurance competition and a speed endurance event. Teams from the U.S., India and Egypt, were among the 150 engineering students that participated.

Chris Jenkins at 406-994-2203 or cjenkins@me.montana.edu