The Human-Powered Vehicle Team at Missouri University of Science and
Technology will defend its national championship this month during competitions
in Reno, Nev., and Madison, Wis.
In 2007, the Missouri S&T team won titles in the West Coast and East
Coast competitions that decide the nation’s top human-powered vehicle crew.
This year, the West Coast challenge will be held April 18-20 in Reno and the
East Coast Challenge will be held April 25-27 in Madison.
Human-powered vehicles are recumbent bikes with aerodynamic shells. The
bikes are capable of exceeding 45 mph on a flat surface. During competitions,
university teams are judged in sprints, endurance tests, design reports and
Approximately 25 other teams will compete against Missouri S&T in each
of the two challenges this month.
In anticipation of the 2008 challenges, Missouri S&T students have been
designing and building two new vehicles: a single-rider bike and a utility
Missouri S&T will be relying on a lot of new talent this year. More than
half of the 2008 team members are freshmen or sophomores.
The following are members of Missouri S&T’s 2008 Human-Powered Vehicle
– Jerrod Bouchard, a senior in mechanical engineering from Camdenton,
– Silvey Britton, a junior in environmental engineering from Rolla
– Matt Brown, a senior in mechanical engineering from Rolla
– Tracy Chestnut, a sophomore in chemical engineering from Pleasant Plains,
– Brent Darron, a freshman in chemical engineering from Fenton, Mo.
– James Gose, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Wann, Okla.
– Joe Hawkes Cates, a sophomore in computer engineering from Pleasant
– Brad Harris, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Rolla
– Alex Hollenbeck, a junior in mechanical engineering from O’Fallon,
– Mike Janaske, a junior in nuclear engineering from St. Peters, Mo.
– Ben Kettler, a junior in electrical engineering from Wentzville, Mo.
– Evan Kluesner, a sophomore in metallurgical engineering from O’Fallon,
– Zach Larimore, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Higginsville,
– Cory Lecuru, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Jefferson City,
– Tim Mallette, a freshman in aerospace engineering from Springfield,
– Lee McCready, a sophomore in interdisciplinary engineering from
– Whittney Metcalf, a junior in petroleum engineering from Ulysses, Kan.
– Chris Perry, a junior in business and management systems from High Ridge,
– Kyle Rackers, a senior in mechanical engineering from Jefferson City,
– Daniel Segert, a sophomore in metallurgical engineering from Fairview
– Andrew Sourk, a senior in aerospace engineering from St. Joseph, Mo.
– Cleve Wilcher, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Kansas City,
– Greg Wilke, a senior in engineering management from Arnold, Mo.