California State University, Northridge Wins First-Place Award in the Endurance Event

 

For Immediate Release

California State University, Northridge Wins First-Place Award in the Endurance Event of Regional Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

NEW YORK, April 9, 2018– California State University at Northridge received a first-place award in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) held recently at the ASME E-Fest West in Pomona, Calif., topping the field in the Endurance Event.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) was sponsor of HPVC, which was held March 24-25, 2018, during a fun-oriented weekend of design competitions, career development programs, and networking at the Fairplex fairgrounds in Pomona.


 

Cal State’s pedal-powered Knach-22 (pictured at left), designed and built by a team of 12 engineering students, competed against 16 other college teams in a series of rigorous speed and endurance challenges on a course laid out at Fairplex. Human-powered vehicles are highly engineered, aerodynamically-designed “superbikes” that have been developed to present environmentally friendly transportation options for the future. Some HPVCs are capable of top speeds exceeding 60 mph.

“The HPVC program provides an opportunity for engineering students to apply engineering principles in the development of fast and efficient transportation systems,” said Charla K. Wise, president of ASME. “ASME congratulates all contestants.”

The competition was held in conjunction with E-Fest West, an event that allowed engineering students to showcase their technical skills while connecting them to thought leaders and practicing engineers for career advice and guidance.


Members of the University of California HPVC team at the awards presentation at E-Fests West

 

Teams judged as winners in the HPVC appear below.

Best Overall

  1. South Dakota State University
  2. California State University, Northridge
  3. University of California, Berkeley

Best Design

  1. Universidad Nacional de Mexico
  2. University of California, Berkeley
  3. South Dakota State University

Innovation

  1. South Dakota State University
  2. California State University, Northridge
  3. University of Hawaii, Manoa

Women’s Speed Event

  1. South Dakota State University
  2. California State University, Northridge
  3. University of California, Berkeley

Men’s Speed Event

  1. University of Southern California
  2. South Dakota State University
  3. California Polytechnic University, Pomona

Endurance

  1. California State University, Northridge
  2. South Dakota State University
  3. University of Southern California

Sportsmanship

  1. Universidad Nacional de Mexico
  2. Craftsmanship
  3. University of California, Berkeley

Contact: Deborah Wetzel

212.591.7085 and 917.580.0974

wetzeld@asme.org

 

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