Engineering students from the University of Missouri-Rolla are repeat champions in the annual Human-Powered Vehicle Competition (HPVC) May 2-4 in Rolla.
For the second year in a row, the UMR team won the national competition, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, involves teams from colleges and universities throughout the United States. The teams design and construct human-powered "superbikes" for the competition and enter their projects in three different categories: design review and presentation, sprint race, and endurance race.
Of the three areas, UMR placed second in the design report, first in the sprint race (both male and female riders), first in the single rider category and first in the endurance race, giving the team a first-place rating overall. The team received a $500 prize and UMR will receive an additional $500 from ASME.
Last year, the UMR team took first place in the competition, held in Blacksburg, Va.. This year they competed against teams from 17 other U.S. colleges and universities.