A team of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students has taken top honors in a human-powered vehicle competition. The group won first place in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' west regional competition in California.

April 29, 2014

News Release

Terre Haute, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is once again top of the class in collegiate human-powered vehicle challenges (HPVC), with students capturing top honors for their innovative design and racing skills in this year's east- and west-coast regional competitions.

The HPV team took first place overall honors at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' west regional, April 25-27 in San Jose, California, after placing second at the east event, April 11-13 in Orlando.

Rose-Hulman has now won 11 of the past 14 regional competitions.

The HPVC program provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. Students work in teams to design and build efficient, engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.

Rose-Hulman's team worked in the Branam Innovation Center throughout the 2013-14 academic year to design, construct and race a three-wheeled vehicle for speed and endurance. A design report and presentation are also part of the competition.

At the west regional, Rose-Hulman took first-place honors in the innovation, design and endurance events to earn overall top honors among 26 teams from 12 states, Mexico, Canada and India.

Two weeks earlier at the east regional, the team won the design category, placed second in innovation, was fifth in the men's speed race and was eighth in the endurance race. That put Rose-Hulman in second place overall, behind the host University of Central Florida in a competitive 36-team field.

The HPV team is part of Rose-Hulman's advanced transportation systems program, which strives to lead the development of the next generation of innovative automotive engineers.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world's best undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individualized attention. The college, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. For 15 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has rated Rose-Hulman as the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's. Rose-Hulman has also been recognized by The Princeton Review, which cited six of the institute's professors within their 2012 Best 300 Professors book, the only institution of higher learning in Indiana to be included. Learn more at www.rose-hulman.edu.

Source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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