ASME to Hold 2012 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge
in Pennsylvania and Utah

NEW YORK, March 14, 2012 – The ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) events, one of the most exciting student competitions in the engineering community, will be held April 27-29 on the campus of Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. (HPVC-East), and May 4-6 at the Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele, Utah (HPVC-West).

The ASME 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 competition gives student engineers hands on experience and teambuilding skills while offering a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge and explore the field of engineering in a very practical and fun way.

During each 3-day event, the students will put their aerodynamically designed vehicles through a series of speed and endurance tests while being judged on safety, maneuverability, practicality and design efficiency.

“The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge is a demonstration of creativity and technical innovation,” said ASME president Victoria A. Rockwell. “In designing the vehicles, the students bring classroom engineering theory and design to actual concept and fabrication.  In the process, the participants learn to work in a collaborative team environment and acquire the essential skills needed to be success in the engineering workforce.”

Judges will award cash prizes and trophies to the top teams in each of several categories.  Special recognition will go to teams that exhibit outstanding sportsmanship and team spirit.

The 2012 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge is sponsored by Knovel®, the leader in Web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools. 


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