Missouri S&T’s Human Powered Vehicle Challenge team recently earned first place at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers two 2020 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Digital Competitions. The ASME E-Fest North and E-Fest South competitions, traditionally held in-person at different universities, were moved online due to safety precautions related to the current spread of COVID-19.
The competitions challenge students to design, build and operate a human-powered vehicle for practical use. Vehicles typically resemble aerodynamically focused vehicles.
Missouri S&T’s team earned first place overall at both competitions after all teams were judged on a design report and presentation. The teams were required to describe their design, analysis and the testing process that they followed throughout the academic year. This year, the teams focused on a “trailer-pull challenge,” rollbar verification and drivetrain optimization.
The competitions traditionally also include a dynamic portion, with teams racing along set courses to prove their concepts, but the race was not possible due to the remote nature of the 2020 competitions. Instead, teams submitted a 5-minute highlight video of their creations in action.
Missouri S&T’s vehicle at the competition, named “Greased Lightning,” has two wheels in the front and one in the back. It has a steel frame in a recumbent-style of riders reclining as they pedal.
The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Team is one of 20 student-run teams in Missouri S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC). The SDELC, housed in the Kummer Student Design Center, provides teams with computer design laboratories, a manufacturing shop, office space and logistical support. Design teams mirror small start-up companies that plan large-scale projects, organize into departments, raise funds, communicate their ideas and solve open-ended design challenges. Almost every team competes annually at an event against other collegiate teams from around the country and the world.
For more information about the team, visit humanpowered.mst.edu.
The Missouri S&T Human Powered Vehicle Competition Team members include:
Emily Allen, a senior in engineering management from Gibson City, Illinois
Elianna Bender, a sophomore in geology and geophysics from Mundelein, Illinois
Joshua Bennett, a senior in mechanical engineering from Manteca, California
Peyton Besand, a senior in mechanical engineering from Perryville, Missouri
Lauren Bower, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Louis
Aiden Davis, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Springfield, Missouri
Alivia Dean, a senior in mechanical engineering from Clyde, Ohio
Alexandria Doll, a senior in ceramic engineering from Owensville, Missouri
Hope Drennan, a senior in environmental engineering from Columbia, Illinois
Jacob Garrett, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Cleveland, Tennessee
Jacob Hackbarth, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Louis
Camryn Hays, a senior in architectural engineering from Smithville, Missouri
Jacob Huxol, a senior in metallurgical engineering from Washington, Missouri
Tiffany Kuhnert, a senior in mechanical engineering from Springfield, Missouri
Kyleigh Marsh, a senior in mechanical engineering from Olathe, Kansas
Friedrich May, a senior in nuclear engineering from St. Louis
Sarah Morrison, a senior in mechanical engineering from Garden City, Missouri
Zachary Petersen, a senior in mechanical engineering from Minooka, Illinois
Mashroor Rashid, a senior in computer engineering from St. Louis
Haley Rehagen, a senior in mechanical engineering from Westphalia, Missouri
Darrin Snodgrass, a senior in mechanical engineering from Battlefield, Missouri
Landon Stephen, a freshman in applied mathematics from Nixa, Missouri
Sophia Stone, a junior in mechanical engineering from Foristell, Missouri
Richard Tobey, a junior in chemical engineering from Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Kevin Tran, a freshman in mechanical engineering from St. Louis
Tyler Tschannen, a senior in mechanical engineering from Foristell, Missouri
Elijah Wade, a freshman in computer science from Blue Springs, Missouri
Josiah Wade, a senior in mechanical engineering from Blue Springs, Missouri
Elijah Wouters, a senior in aerospace engineering from Brentwood, Missouri.
There are two vehicles shown in the photograph for this article. Both, generally, meet the text description of the “Greased Lightning”. Which vehicle won the competition? Could we see several photos of the “Greased Lightning” from different angles? And could we view the 5-minute highlight video of the vehicle in action? Thanks for your time and attention.
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