In Fall of 2018, a group of senior engineering design students began working on a project to design and build UCO’s first-ever entry into the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC). Many underdeveloped or inaccessible communities around the world rely on human powered transportation in their everyday lives. With this in mind, ASME developed the HPVC to task engineering students from across the country and around the world with designing and building efficient, well-engineered vehicles that can provide sustainable and practical transportation.
Taking the lead in the project (rebranded as the Broncho Powered Vehicle) were Jesse Green, Zackary Buck, Brant Davis, and Kale Harper supported by faculty member Dr. Tierney Harvey (see article above). Over half a dozen freshmen, sophomore, and junior students also supported them in various phases of the project. The team spent Fall 2018 in the design phase of their project, which included analyses of the vehicle’s strength, materials, and safety requirements. With financial support from Nortek Air Solutions and several smaller donors, the team began construction of the vehicle in January 2019. Construction was completed in March, and the competition took place at Michigan State University in April. The UCO’s Broncho Powered Vehicle placed 18th overall out of around 50 schools from across the country, which was an exceptionally strong finish for a group of first-time racers.
Dr. Harvey has already begun assembling a team for the 2020 competition and has established a crowd funding site to help support the project this year: https://give.uco.edu/project/16090.