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Human Powered Vehicle Challenge team ranked second in regional competition

April 24, 2013
by Tasia DeMuth

CSU's Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Team placed second in the ASME West Division HPVC competition April 14 in San Jose, Calif.

The team consisted of Blake Miner, Steven Caskey, J.C. Coughlin, John Wolf, Francisco Martinez, Jake Schoepflin and Jennifer Vaughn. They were led by HPVC Team Advisor Steven Schaeffer. The team competed in a field of 27 schools in the annual competition.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our team and speaks to the quality of what we do in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University,” said Schaeffer. “Their presentation, representation and sportsmanlike conduct was something we can all be proud of.”

Opportunity to demonstrate knowledge

The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge was created to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about engineering principles and apply those skills to developing fast, efficient, sustainable and practical human-powered vehicles.  

The competition includes four events: a design event, a speed event, a technology innovation event and an endurance event. Scores from each event are totaled to obtain the overall score. The team placed second overall, first in the design category, second in the innovation category, fourth in the female rider sprint competition and sixth in the male rider sprint competition.

The second place overall winner takes home a trophy and $500 to the team. The HPVC organization puts on three regional events each year.