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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( September 11, 1998)
SDSM& T SOLAR CAR TO BE DISPLAYED AT POWDER RIVER ENERGY CORPORATION ANNUAL MEETING IN GILLETTE
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) Solar Motion Team members will bring their solar- powered car to Gillette on Saturday, September 19, for the Powder River Energy Corporation Annual Meeting. The solar car designed and raced by SDSM& T students will be displayed from 10: 00 a. m. until 4: 00 p. m. at the Gillette Cam- Plex.
In addition to having their solar car on display, the students will describe their experiences in designing and using solar- powered vehicles. Individuals will have an opportunity to visit one- on- one with the solar team members. Senior mechanical major Ken Harding of Newell, who competed in Sunrayce ‘ 97, will lead the student team members visiting Gillette. Three members of the SDSM& T solar team are from Gillette— Philip Jauch, senior computer engineering major; Matt Mitzel, freshman electrical engineering major; and Carl Wham, junior mechanical engineering major.
Dakota Heat is the name of the solar car that SDSM& T will be racing in Sunrayce ’ 99. Sunrayce is a biennial intercollegiate competition among student teams that design, build and race solar- powered cars in a challenging long- distance event. Sponsors include General Motors, the U. S. Department of Energy, and EDS. The competition fosters student proficiency in business and product development, creativity, resourcefulness, technical innovation, engineering excellence, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
SDSM& T’s solar car entry in Sunrayce ’ 97 was one of only 35 vehicles that completed the 1,240 mile cross- country race from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs. SDSM& T is the only university in an 11- state region ( Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) that entered a vehicle in Sunrayce ’ 97. The team won the “ Team Spirit Award” for its persistence and “ never give up” attitude. The highest placing rookie team in Sunrayce ’ 95, SDSM& T won the Best Use of Technology Award and the Humanitarian Award.
The solar car is being brought to Gillette as part of the SDSM& T Solar Motion Team’s educational and public outreach activities to area communities. For information on arranging a visit by the SDSM& T Solar Motion Team to area schools or community events, individuals should contact Ken Harding, Team Leader, at ( 605) 394- 2213.
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