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ME: The Mechanical Engineering Department Newsletter

 

The ME Newsletter
Fall-Winter 2005-2006

Featured articles

Tiny bubbles in the melt: Study could lead to more energy efficient alloys

ME curriculum undergoes redesign

3M Foundation makes $1.6 million gift to MEIE Building Project

WEMPEC lab renovated to enhance student learning

Latest student design team vehicle fueled by human power

Focus on new faculty: Assistant Professor Kevin Turner


Regular Features

Message from the chair

Faculty News /
In the News

Student News

Alumni News: Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient Jim Berbee

 

 

 

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Last year’s human-powered vehicle team at the spring competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Last year’s human-powered vehicle team at the spring competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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Latest student design team vehicle fueled by human power

Decorative initial cap You won’t see it at the gas pump, but you will see legs pumping when “Badger Lightning” flashes by: The recumbent three-wheeler is the pride of last year’s human-powered vehicle team, which first got in gear during the summer of 2004. Guided by Assistant Professors Frank Pfefferkorn and Heidi Ploeg, the newly minted team designed and built Badger Lightning over the school year and rode it in a national competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in April 2005. The UW-Madison students won the admiration of other teams for their molded polycarbonate fairing and aluminum frame—one of just a handful in the competition.

This year, the team will revamp their design based on lessons learned in Tuscaloosa and construct a new vehicle from the ground up. The Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge is a student design series competition sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

PHOTO AT RIGHT: The team includes (in back) co-advisor Frank Pfefferkorn, and students (standing, from left) Jessi Sanfilippo, Rebecca Hager, Lonny Peet, Alex Hanson, Irfan Ahmed, Dusty Brunner, Paul Harder, Tyler Gabert, and (seated in vehicle) Nicole Zabel

 


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