Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- May 30, 2000

Cal Poly Engineering Students Win National Human-Powered Vehicle Contest

Cal Poly's Human-Powered Vehicle Club finished first in two categories and second in another to place third overall in a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The student team took firsts in the women's sprint and the road race and finished second in the men's sprint.

Teams from more than 30 American universities and colleges, including the University of Florida, Colorado State University, University of Utah, and San Diego State entered the 18th annual Human-Powered Vehicle Competition held recently in Chico, Calif.

Cal Poly's vehicle, named Apocalypse, was designed as a two-wheel, semi-recumbent bicycle.

The contest's three parts included a written report and an oral presentation on design, women's and men's sprints, and a 40-mile road race.

Team members were Ryan Vaughan, a mechanical engineering major from Lake Arrowhead; Jason Luke, industrial engineering, Cerritos; Ben Filson, mechanical engineering, Stockton; Maggie Francisco, mechanical engineering, Sacramento; Kris Lathrop, industrial engineering, Ocean Springs, Miss.; John Pocock, aerospace engineering, Clovis; Ryan Fowler, aerospace engineering, Nevada City; Alex Juhn, soil science, Palos Verdes; and Jody Pennycook, ecology and systematic biology, Petaluma.

The team's faculty advisor is Mechanical Engineering Professor Fred Friedman; technical advisors are George and Carole Leone of Atascadero.

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