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( June 18, 1999)
TECH’S SOLAR MOTION QUALIFIES FOR SUNRAYCE ’ 99
Chris Hofer of Freeman is a member of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s ( SDSM& T) Solar Motion team which qualified for Sunrayce ’ 99 today at Summit Point Raceway near Charles Town, West Virginia. Hofer is a Computer Engineering major at Tech. Sunrayce ’ 99 – the nation’s largest solar- powered car race – is a biennial intercollegiate competition to design, build and race cars powered solely by electricity from solar panels.
Sunrayce competitors will have ten days to follow a 1300- mile route traveling through five- states over highways and country roads. This year’s race will begin in our nations capital, Washington D. C. on June 20, and conclude June 29 at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. Competitors will travel through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The team with the lowest cumulative time will win the event.
Tech’s Solar Motion Team uses this project to display proficiency in the areas of business and product development, creativity, resourcefulness, technical innovation, engineering excellence, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Team members also gain valuable experience in project management, public relations and fundraising.
This year’s student team is building on the strengths from the past two cars, Solar Rolar, and Dakota Sun, to build its most competitive racecar to date. Dakota Heat has been designed with an integrated computer surveillance system, advanced aerodynamic optimization, and high quality mechanical systems.
Sunrayce was created in 1990 by General Motors ( GM) and the Department of Energy to promote educational excellence in science, engineering, and mathematics by offering students a valuable hands- on educational opportunity. This year’s Sunrayce is sponsored by GM, the Department of Energy, and Electronic Data Systems Corp.
Team members on Tech’s Solar Motion Team include: team leader senior Ken Harding of Newell, Mechanical Engineering; seniors Jon Busby of Yankton, Angie Monheim of Rapid City, Electrical Engineering; senior Tony Bader of Hillsboro MO, Metallurgical Engineering; sophomore Matt Mitzel of Gillette WY, Electrical Engineering; freshman Josh Ruzzo of Yankton, Computer Science; junior Brendan Getz of Sidney MT, Computer Engineering; sophomore Zane Green of Sundance WY, Computer Science; freshmen Craig Berens of Chancellor, and Chris Hofer of Freeman, Computer Engineering; seniors Will Kroll of Corbett OR, and Nick Svalstad of Hermosa, Mechanical Engineering; and sophomore Nick Vosberg of Lake Elmo MN, Geology.
For information before and during the race including photos and daily team standings, visit the Sunrayce website at www. sunrayce. com/ sunrayce.
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