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