ASME to Hold the 2010 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge on Both Coasts

Apr 13, 2010

by Michael Abrams ASME.org

NEW YORK, April 13, 2010 – A total of 64 student engineering teams from colleges and universities across the globe will participate in dual events of the 2010 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) to be held this spring in Northridge, Calif., and New Britain, Conn.

HPVC West, featuring 32 design teams, is set for April 23-25, at California State University in Northridge. Two weeks later on May 7-9, HPVC East will take place at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate engineering students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. The vehicles incorporate engineering innovations which allow for optimum performance and functionality, as well as structural soundness and safety.

Throughout the competition, students work in teams to design and build the vehicles, which will be judged based on their design and safety attributes as well as speed and functionality.

“The ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge gives student engineers a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge and explore the field of engineering in a very practical and fun way,” said Amos E. Holt, Ph.D., president of ASME. “This competition provides participants with the hands-on experience and teambuilding skills that they may not necessarily receive in a classroom setting.”

About ASME ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

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