Speedy Super Bikes to Compete

Nine California Schools Enter ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge in San Jose

NEW YORK, Apr. 2, 2013 – Student design teams representing four California State University branches and five other universities in the state – including San Jose State University – will compete in the 2013 ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Human Powered Vehicle Challenge West to be held Apr. 12-14, in San Jose.

San Jose State University and nearby Hellyer County Park Velodrome are the venues for the popular event, in which students put aerodynamically designed vehicles through speed and endurance tests on designated courses. The environmentally friendly pedal-powered prototypes will also be judged on maneuverability, practicality and design efficiency.

Going by such names as The Comet and Blue Bullet, the super bikes incorporate engineering innovations allowing optimum performance and functionality, as well as structural soundness and safety. The competition will feature the vehicles in a series of sprint, endurance, design and other events.

The sprint race is scheduled for Friday evening, Apr. 12, at the Hellyer County Park Velodrome, with the remaining events shifting to the campus of San Jose State University on Apr. 13-14.

HPVC West is one of four HPVC events that ASME is organizing in 2013. HPVC Latin America was held in February, and HPVC East will be held April 26-28 at Ferris State University. HPVC India is planned for December.

“The HPVC program provides an opportunity for engineering students to apply sound engineering principles to the development of fast and efficient transportation systems,” said Marc W. Goldsmith, president of ASME. “We look forward to an exciting and fun-filled event.”

Judges will award cash prizes and trophies to the top teams in each category. For information, visit this page.

HPVC West Teams
(Note to Editor: This list is subject to change)

PEC University of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Montana State University
University of Montana
Colorado State University
California State University, Chico
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Northridge
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
University of California, Berkeley
Santa Clara University
East Los Angeles College
San Jose State University
Lamar University
Arizona State University (2 teams)
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
University of Oklahoma
Utah State University
University of Utah
University of Texas, Dallas
University of Nevada, Reno
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Brigham Young University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
University of Miami
ITESM Campus Guadalajara


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