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05-20-2008

Clarkson University Human Powered Vehicle Team Competes in Wisconsin

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The Clarkson University Human Powered Vehicle Team recently participated in the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) East Coast Human Powered Vehicle Competition in Madison, Wisc. The team is part of the University's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program. SPEED car

Vehicles are judged on design, safety and performance. During the first stage of the competition team members prepare a comprehensive design report. The final portion includes presenting designs and competing in performance events.

The team took seventh place overall out of 24 teams, ranking fourth in the design category, sixth in the female sprint race, and seventh in the male sprint race. The team also received the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Judges award for their unique design.

ASME sponsors the Human Powered Vehicle Competition in hopes of finding a design that can be used for everyday activities ranging from commuting to and from work to going to the grocery store.

The Human Powered Vehicle Competition team members are junior Trisha Hiemstra, a chemical engineering major from Greene, N.Y.; and seniors Mark Czajkowski, mechanical engineering, Munnsville, N.Y.; Michael Fornasiero, mechanical engineering major, North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Peter Gadziala, mechanical engineering, Whitesboro, N.Y.; Joseph Hertline, mechanical engineering, Whitesboro, N.Y.; Thomas Manzo, mechanical engineering, Liverpool, N.Y.; Tim Marley, mechanical engineering, Gainesville, N.Y.; Edward Smith, mechanical engineering, Rome, N.Y.; Thomas Spies, mechanical engineering, West Berne, N.Y.; Daniel Stanley, mechanical engineering, Peru, N.Y.; Matthew Stewart, mechanical engineering, Ganesvoort, N.Y.; and Nicholas Szkotak, mechanical engineering, New York Mills, N.Y. The team advisor is Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Professor Ron Lafleur.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

Photo caption: Senior Mark Czajkowski, a mechanical engineering major from Munnsville, N.Y., drives Clarkson University's human-powered vehicle. The team took seventh place overall out of 24 teams in a Wisconsin competition.

[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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