A team of students at Missouri University of Science and Technology is getting ready to put engineering and athletic skills to work.
Each year, the S&T team enters human-powered vehicle competitions. The vehicles, which are designed and built by students, are recumbent bikes encased by a fairing, or aerodynamic shell. The bikes can reach speeds of more than 45 miles per hour on a flat surface.
The Society of Automotive Engineers sponsors competitions on both coasts. Judges evaluate university teams based on design reports, oral presentations, male and female sprints, and a 65 kilometer endurance race.
Missouri S&T became the first team to win titles in both East and West Coast competitions in 2007. This year, the S&T team competes April 17-19 in Philadelphia, Penn., and May 1-3 in Portland, Ore.