Missouri S&T’s HPVC team wins national competition

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On May 11, 2015

A 2015 group photo from the Missouri S&T HPVC team Facebook. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-ST-Human-Powered-Vehicle-Team/.

Group photo from the Missouri S&T HPVC team Facebook. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-ST-Human-Powered-Vehicle-Team/.

Group photo from the Missouri S&T HPVC team Facebook. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-ST-Human-Powered-Vehicle-Team/.

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Human Powered Vehicle Competition Team earned first place at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2015 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge East Coast Competition. The competition was held Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 10, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

The competition challenges students to design, build and operate a human-powered vehicle for practical use.

Missouri S&T’s team earned first place on its innovation report, third place on its engineering report, first place in the women’s and men’s speed events, and first place in the endurance event. The team’s scores totaled to earn it first place overall.

In the design portion of the competition, teams are scored on their engineering principles through a written report and technical presentation. The actual racing is split into three sections. The first day of racing features men’s and women’s speed events, in which teams sprint head-to-head over a short distance. On the second day of racing, teams compete in an endurance event, racing to complete as many laps as possible in approximately two hours.

Missouri S&T’s vehicle at the competition, named “Leviathan” and painted to resemble a sea monster, has two wheels in the front and one in the back. It has a steel frame enclosed in an aerodynamic shell made out of carbon fiber. The driver can use mechanisms built into the steering wheel to control the vehicle’s lights, horn and turn signals.

John Bowers, a senior in engineering management from Park Hills, Missouri, is the team leader and Garrison Keith, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Joseph, Missouri, is the lead engineer. Dr. Daniel Stutts, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at S&T, is the Human Powered Vehicle Competition Team faculty advisor. For more information about the event, visit asme.org.

The Missouri S&T Human Powered Vehicle Competition Team members are:

Emily Amerson, a junior in engineering from Peculiar, Missouri

Eric Audiffred, a senior in mechanical engineering from Ballwin, Missouri

John Bowers, a senior in engineering management from Park Hills, Missouri

Kevin Bruns, a senior in nuclear engineering from St. Louis

Nikia Chapman, a senior in geological engineering from Columbia, Missouri

Jordan Chervinko, a sophomore in petroleum engineering from Decatur, Illinois

Tristan Comer, a senior in engineering management from Odessa, Missouri

Brooklan Davis, a freshman in geological engineering from Strafford, Missouri

Benjamin Dohogne, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Aaron Dorsey, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Peters, Missouri

Jimmy Foster, a senior in petroleum engineering from West Plains, Missouri

Mark Fraser, a senior in mechanical engineering from Fenton, Missouri

Peter Freiberger, a senior in mechanical engineering from Florissant, Missouri

Scott Geisinger, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Gladstone, Missouri

Jonathan Graif, a senior in aerospace engineering from Rolla, Missouri

Garrison Keith, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Joseph, Missouri

William Kennedy, a senior in economics and mechanical engineering from Webster Groves, Missouri

Benjamin Lassanske, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Saint Charles, Missouri

David Lujan, a junior in applied mathematics from Raytown, Missouri

Lucas Parker, a junior in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Herculaneum, Missouri

Brittany Robertson, a freshman in engineering management from Bourbon, Missouri

Benjamin Ryherd, a senior in mechanical engineering from Mahomet, Illinois

Daniel Schneider, a junior in mechanical and aerospace engineering from House Springs, Missouri

Michael Schnurr, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Manchester, Missouri

Connor Sprague, a senior in engineering management from Willard, Missouri

Gregory Wilkins, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Rolla, Missouri

Luke Willenbrink, a freshman in aerospace engineering from Robertsville, Missouri

Aaron Wiseman, a senior in mechanical engineering from Springfield, Missouri

Corey Wiseman, a senior in aerospace engineering from Springfield, Missouri

Joshua Yoes, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Nixa, Missouri.

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  • Randy Dreiling says:

    Congrats to the HPVC Team!!! You make us alums very proud! Continued success in your future endeavors with the team and in your studies.