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( June 11, 1999)
LOCAL STUDENT VIES FOR A SPOT IN SUNRAYCE ‘ 99
Brendan Getz of Sidney is a member of the Solar Motion Team at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T). The team will participate in the ‘ Last Chance Qualifier’ June 16- 18 as they vie for a spot to compete in Sunrayce ’ 99. Getz is a Computer Engineering major at Tech. Sunrayce is a biennial intercollegiate competition to design, build and race solar- powered cars in a challenging long- distant event. The 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.
The ‘ Last Chance Qualifier’ will be held at Summit Point Raceway near Charles Town, West Virginia. Teams whose solar cars did not pass preliminary tests, together with 16 additional teams that could not attend the initial qualifying competition, can still compete for a chance in Sunrayce ’ 99. Tech’s solar car, Dakota Heat, came close to qualifying in the initial competition but fell just 14 miles short of the 125 needed to finish.
This year’s Solar Motion 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 an integrated computer surveillance system, advanced aerodynamic optimization, and high quality mechanical systems.
Tech’s Solar Motion Team has had outstanding results from the previous two years of competition. Their honors include: one of few teams to win national recognition; recipient of the top placing Rookie Award, and recipient of the Humanitarian Award for race safety in 1995; earned the only Team Spirit award in 1997; and won the Best Use of Technology honor.
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; 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.
( I: univrel/ pressrel/ 0699 Sunrayce Last Chance Qualifier local Sidney MT)
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