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Ohio University to host international human-powered vehicle design competition May 13-15

Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology will welcome more than 300 student competitors from more than 35 institutions around the world to Athens, Ohio, for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) 2016 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) East competition from May 13-15.

One of only two such events held each year in the country, HPVC East challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient human-powered vehicles, which are then pitted against one another through a series of drag and endurance races.

“This is exactly the kind of event that Ohio University can host effectively,” Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin said. “Our students fare well in these competitions, our University staff make the participants welcome and Athens in the spring is just a wonderful place to be. We look forward to welcoming so many diverse participants.”

HPVC East, which has been planned and will be executed entirely by student volunteers, gives competitors the opportunity to demonstrate how sound engineering design can create and improve sustainable and practical transportation alternatives.

Recent Russ College graduate and the event’s lead organizer Cody Petitt, MSME ’16, encouraged the public to join in the excitement of HPVC East. 

“You can expect to see team projects from the engineers of tomorrow being tested today, in an exciting way,” Petitt said. “So whether you want to see the action-packed racing or the innovations being made in human-powered transportation, or you just want to get out and talk to the engineers of tomorrow, this event has something for you.”

The public is invited to attend the weekend’s events:

Team Meet and Greet: Friday, May 13, 6-8 p.m. on OHIO’s West Green

  • Vehicles will be on display
  • See the designs up close
  • Meet the students and ask questions

Drag Races: Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on South Green Dr. near Rufus St.

  • 350-meter drag race to test overall speed and efficiency
  • Parade of vehicles: 8 a.m.
  • Qualifying rounds: 8:30 a.m.
  • Women’s drag race: 10 a.m.
  • Men’s drag race: 1:30 p.m.

Endurance Race: Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m.-noon in the Convocation Center parking lot

  • Two-and-a-half-hour race to test vehicle durability

For more information on HPVC East, visit ohio.edu/engineering/hpvc or contact ouhpvc@gmail.com.

This article was provided by the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.