South Dakota State a Top Performer in Human Powered Vehicle Competition


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South Dakota State a Top Performer in Human Powered Vehicle Competition, Winning Five Awards at E-Fest sponsored by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME

Wins Three First-Place Awards

NEW YORK, April 27, 2017 – South Dakota State University put in a top-notch performance in the Human Powered Vehicle Competition held last week at the ASME E-Fest East in Cookeville, Tenn., winning three first-place awards among a total of five.

South Dakota State’s pedal-powered The Black Jack, designed and built by engineering students, competed against 32 other college teams in a series of rigorous speed and endurance challenges on a course laid out on the campus of Tennessee Technological University. After ASME judges tabulated the results, South Dakota State came away with a total of five awards, including first place finishes in the endurance, women’s speed and men’s speed events.

The top-performing South Dakota State University HPVC team at E-Fest East.  Standing left to right, Jacob Ostby, Evan Fick, Eric Looyenga, Darrin Zomer, Libby Molitor, Brennen Walley, Geneva Petrich, Alex Gray, Joshua Zwinger, Jason Scheffert, Zach Woodward, Advisor Dr. Gregory Michna.  Seated in The Black Jack: Cole Sullivan. (Team members not pictured: Weston Christanson, Jon Coulander, Ryan Fischer Nick Lafave, Tanner Lambert, Cody Reed, Isaac Steele)

These “Human-powered vehicles” are aerodynamically-designed “superbikes” that have been developed to present environmentally friendly transportation options for the future.

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

The competition was held in conjunction with E-Fest East, which ASME organized with sponsorship support from Siemens PLM.

Tennessee Technological University was the proud host of E-Fest East, a multi-day event that allowed engineering students to showcase their technical skills while connecting them to thought leaders and practicing engineers for career advice and guidance.

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Deborah Wetzel, Media Relations Manager
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers