STUDENT NEWS: Teamwork!
his has been a good year for the UW-Madison competitive student teams. In addition to the Formula SAE team (see Racing Team story here), several other teams placed high in competitions at the regional, national and international levels. The under-graduate students in these teams design, build and compete their vehicles under the guidance of several mechanical engineering faculty members. Each of the teams faces challenges unique to its type of vehicle, but all represent UW-Madison with their ingenuity and dedication.
Challenge X Hybrid Vehicle Team
In the third year of the Challenge X Competition, the UW-Madison Hybrid Vehicle Team earned second place out of 17 participating schools with its reengineered Chevrolet Equinox, a through-the-road parallel biodiesel electric hybrid. The 1.9 liter turbocharged engine runs on B20, a biodiesel fuel. Next year will be the fourth and final year of the General Motors and Department of Energy sponsored competition. Faculty Associate Glenn Bower advises the team, captained by Becky Gunn.
Clean Snowmobile Team
After almost a year of planning and more than six months of building and perfecting its snowmobile, the UW-Madison Clean Snowmobile Team took its sled, named Snowcow, to compete in the Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge on March 19-24 in Houghton, Michigan. The team took fourth place overall, and received second place in several notable categories such as noise emission, rider comfort, best ride, most practical and best design. The team also is advised by Glenn Bower.
Human-Powered Vehicle Team
The Human-Powered Vehicle Team (HPVT) submitted two vehicles to the ASME 2007 competition in May at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Team Hello Bucky, a leg-powered vehicle, placed in all three races: utility, sprint and endurance. Team Arm and Badger, the first solely arm-powered vehicle entered in competition, won first place in design and third place overall in the ultility class. Assistant Professor Frank Pfefferkorn advises the team. UW-Madison will host the 2008 competition.
IEEE Robot Team
The IEEE Robot Team participated in the 2006 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition in Michigan. Out of 28 teams, the UW-Madison team, WIRED, placed fourth in design and seventh overall, bringing home a $1,000 award. The U.S. Army-sponsored competition includes three areas: autonomous navigation of an obstacle course, GPS destination targeting, and design, including written and oral reports by students. The team is advised by Associate Professor Nicola Ferrier and captained by student Mark Schneider.