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April 28, 2009

Rose Human Powered Vehicle team defends title


“Wow, that was exciting and way too close,” admitted engineering manager/driver Danny Sing, a mechanical engineering graduate student. He was a member of the inaugural HPV team that failed to get off the starting line in 2006.

While weighing more than originally designed, Sing admits that this year’s vehicle is easier to get started and turn corners, more stable at low speeds and has a more reliable drive train, which features a nine-speed gear system that’s easily adjustable between races. The vehicle took top design honors for safety, innovation and testing.

“We wanted to design a safe and reliable vehicle. We achieved all our design objectives and won races, too,” stated Treasurer Chris Wlezien, a junior mechanical engineering major.

Sing added, “We built a vehicle to race competitively in two distinct races. The East Coast challenge is entirely different that the West Coast Challenge. We’re ready for whatever challenges are put in out path.”

Other drivers of the vehicle in competition include Andrew Bomar, a freshman mechanical engineering major; and Ariel Young, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. Contributing to the team’s strong effort were members Molly Nellis, a senior electrical and mechanical engineering major; Cole Pearson and Sean Hannon, sophomore mechanical engineering majors; and Jeff Dovalovsky, a sophomore computer engineering student. The team’s faculty advisers are Pat Ferro and Michael Moorhead of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Joining Rose-Hulman in competing in the East Coast regional was the University of Iowa, University of Oklahoma, Iowa State University, Northern Illinois University, the Naval Academy, Rutgers University and the Indian Institute of Technology of Delphi, India.

More information about the ASME’s Human Powered Vehicle competitions can be found at Details about Rose-Hulman’s team can be found at

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