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( April 28, 1999)
TECH’S HUMAN POWERED VEHICLE TEAM IS HEADED FOR COMPETITION
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) Human Powered Vehicle ( HPV) Team departed Wednesday for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1999 HPV Competition held this year at the University of California, Berkeley. The competition will begin Friday, April 30 and will extend through the weekend.
Every year in the spirit of friendly competition and hands on education, ASME sponsors a Human Powered Vehicle design competition at a selected university. Up to 40 schools from all over the nation enter their custom- designed vehicles in four different contests: design, spring, road- race, and practical. During the design competition, teams display their HPV in front of a panel of nine judges. Students and spectators have an opportunity to look at the different entries at this time.
The spring portion consists of a long, straight road, closed to traffic, delineated into three sections: a spring run- up, a 100m time trap, and a braking area. The third category, practical vehicle, is when the vehicles must navigate through a series of obstacles, including ramps, bumps, and stop signs. The final event of the weekend is the road race competition. The course consists of a closed loop about one mile in length. Vehicles must complete approximately 40 laps during this competition.
Team members on Tech’s Human Powered Vehicle Team include team leader Jeff Schroetlin ( Sr, ME, Butte NE), Karen Carda ( So, ME, Hermosa), Ryan Lindquist ( Sr, ME, Grand Forks ND), Angela Swendsen ( So, IS, Rapid City), and faculty advisors Dr. Chris Jenkins, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Carter Kerk, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering.
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