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04-26-2007

Clarkson Human Powered Vehicle Team Competes in Ocala, Fla.

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The Clarkson University Human Powered Vehicle Team recently competed at the University of Central Florida in Ocala, Fla. The team is part of the University's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program.hpv

Students on the Human Powered Vehicle Team design and build a vehicle powered solely by the rider that can achieve speeds of over 40 mph. There are two competitions in the U.S. every year, one in the east and one in the west. Competitors can design either for utility or speed, or both.

The Clarkson team used a design similar to last year's but with many improvements. The vehicle is three-wheeled (two in the front) and rear wheel drive. "The race gave us a stepping stone for next year -- signaling areas that we need to improve upon," said student team leader Nick Tanner. "Overall, the team is proud of the car and we had a great time designing, building and racing the vehicle."

The main goal of the team was to save weight in order to increase top speed and acceleration. They managed to shave 30 pounds off this year's car. They accomplished this by making the entire frame out of aluminum, simplifying the drive train, and scrapping unnecessary parts. Including the fairing (the aerodynamic cover on the car), the total weight was 64 pounds.

The human powered vehicle team members are Maria Castro, a senior engineering and management major from Rochester, N.Y.; Jason Croniser, a senior mechanical engineering major from Boonville, N.Y.; Thomas Daly, a senior mechanical engineering major from Sackets Harbor, N.Y.; Lucas Frasier, a senior mechanical engineering major from Hague, N.Y.; Bradley Henderson, a senior mechanical engineering major from Weedsport, N.Y.; Ryan Jeror, a senior mechanical engineering major from Malone, N.Y.; Gregory Michalski, a senior mechanical engineering major from Amsterdam, N.Y.; Timothy Monaco, a senior mechanical engineering major from Amherst, N.Y.; Jason Schussler, a senior mechanical engineering major from Auburn, N.Y.; and Nicholas Tanner, a senior mechanical engineering major from Danville, Vt.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo caption: The Clarkson University Human Powered Vehicle Team recently competed at the University of Central Florida. Human powered vehicles are aerodynamic, highly engineered vehicles that may be used on land, in the water or in the air. Students on the team design and build a vehicle powered solely by the rider that can achieve speeds of over 40 mph. From left to right: Nick Tanner, Tom Daly, Jason Schussler, Luke Frasier, Jason Croniser, Brad Henderson, Greg Michalski, Tim Monaco and Maria Castro.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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