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Human Powered Vehicle Pedals to Top Honors at ASME West Regional

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Human Powered Vehicle team at a competition.

Ready To Race: Team members prepare for Rose-Hulman's human-powered vehicle to compete in the women's sprint race at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' west coast regional competition. (Photo by David Sampsell)

Rose-Hulman's human-powered vehicle team once again took top honors at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' west coast Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, on April 24-26 in San Jose, California. The team has now won 12 of the past 15 regional competitions.

The human-powered vehicle program allows students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportationalternatives.

At the west regional, Rose-Hulman finished first in the men's speed race, second in the women's speedrace, second in the innovation and design portion, and sixth in the endurance race. Those performances earned the team an overall first-place finish, beating 29 other teams from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Rose-Hulman's team is now preparing to compete in the ASME east coast regional on May 8-10 in Gainesville, Florida.