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May 11, 2000
LOCAL STUDENT COMPETES IN HUMAN POWERED VEHICLE COMPETITION
Nicolas Igl of Hutchinson was part of a seven member student team from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology that competed at the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human Powered Vehicle ( HPV) Competition May 5- 7 at Chico State University in California. Igl is a senior, mechanical engineering major at Tech. HPVs are aerodynamic, highly engineered vehicles that may be for use on land, in the water or in the air. Some land- based vehicles have achieved speeds of more than 60 mph.
This year’s HPV, nicknamed Ghost Rider, placed 14th overall out of 26 competitors in the single rider division. Each vehicle is judged in three categories, sprint, endurance, and design. The sprint portion of the contest entails a ¼ mile lead- up, to a 200 meter time trap. Endurance requires the team members to complete a 40- mile course with a maximum of six riders taking part. Finally, the design portion consists of a five minute presentation, question and answer session, and a few minutes allocated for the team to defend their design.
Three of the team members worked on the HPV to fulfill their senior design requirements for graduation. “ I picked the HPV as my senior design project because there is so much room for improvement of the vehicle,” said Ben Storms, HPV Team Leader. “ Each year the design changes so much it leaves lots of hands- on building and experience that each team member can achieve. This year I learned a lot about carbon composite work thanks to my experiences with the vehicle,” he added.
Team members for the 2000 SDSM& T Human Powered Vehicle Team including their majors and hometowns are: Ben Storms, mechanical engineering, Rapid City; Mark Fauske, mechanical engineering, Wall; Karen Carda, mechanical engineering, Rapid City; George Deering, mechanical engineering, Belle Fourche; Cassidy Fitzpatrick, mechanical engineering, Sioux Falls; and Kurt Smith, mechanical engineering, Rapid City. Igl and Fauske also fulfilled their senior design requirements through the HPV. Dr. Chris Jenkins, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the faculty advisor, and Dr. Carter Kerk, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, is the assistant faculty advisor.
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