Grove City College to Host 2012 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge-East

NEW YORK, April 16, 2012 – Top engineering students from the United States, Canada and Colombia will roll out new concept designs in pedal powered transportation while competing head-to-head in the 2012 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC-East), April 27-29, in Grove City, Pa. In all, thirty-four colleges and universities will demonstrate innovations in human-powered transportation.

Grove City College will be the site for the HPVC-East event, in which student teams will put their vehicle prototypes through a series of performance trials in speed, endurance and driver skills. Organized by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), the event will examine the students’ ability to apply sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical human-powered transportation alternatives.

The ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge also 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 practical and fun way.

Bearing names such as Sonic Gator, Seabagel, Crimson Fury and Silver Bullet, the vehicles will be judged on safety, maneuverability, practicality and design efficiency as the students run these sleek “super bikes” over designated courses on the scenic Grove City College campus in western Pennsylvania.  

“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 successful 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.

The event is free and open to the public.

HPVC-East Participants

Alfred University Southern Polytechnic State University
Central Connecticut State University Temple University
City College of New York College of New Jersey
Daniel Webster College Union College
Ferris State University Universidad de los Andes
Florida Atlantic University University of Akron
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering University of Alabama
Grove City College University of Central Florida
Lafayette College University of Florida
Manhattan College University of Kansas
Milwaukee School of Engineering University of North Texas
Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology University of Oklahoma
North Dakota State University University of Toronto
Ohio Northern University University of Wisconsin-Madison
Purdue University Calumet University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Roger Williams University Villanova University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology West Virginia University


The HPVC-West event will be held May 4-6 at the Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele, Utah. 

View the 96-second HPVC video


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