Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Team to go to Utah in May

Every year Missoula (and other smart cities) becomes increasingly biker friendly. We designate new bike lanes, create safe biking zones downtown and promote biker awareness through various campaigns. Our community supports a bicycle culture for many reasons and one of the most important reasons is sustainability. Last year the University of Montana joined other like-minded universities from around the west to compete in The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Our team won the “Best Recycled Ride” award at the 2011 competition. The HPVC provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. In the HPVC, students work in teams to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.

Our project is to build a human powered tandem recumbent bicycle and compete against dozens of teams from across the western United States in three different races. These races will be held in Tooele, UT on May 4th through the 6th. The scope of this challenge is broad but for our team it is important to show our community the versatility of human power in everyday life.
Follow the progress of the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge team through their blog here:

Grant Myhre Talks About Shell Eco Marathon on Montana Today

Grant Myhre, one of the team members competing in the Shell Eco Marathon next week in Houston, TX talks about the project with Monte Turner on Montana Today.  See the video here:

UMCOT Students Prepare for Shell EcoMarathon

A team of students representing The University of Montana College of Technology are diligently preparing for the 2012 Shell EcoMarathon to be held in Houston Texas March 29th – April 1st. The team is comprised of students representing all three campuses with Environmental Studies majors and Welding majors joining the Energy Technology students. This is the first such entry from the UMCOT, but they have hopes to place well in the solar division, which requires that teams collect more energy than they consume during the six-mile race. “We could not have gotten this far without some major space donations from local businesses,” says Energy Technology Program Director, Bradley Layton. “We are extremely fortunate to live in a community that has a true sense of unity. We have also benefitted from the resources available to us at the Montana Enterprise Center.” Stay tuned for more news as the project progresses…

Welding student Jesse Sedler clears the frame he welded and helped design for launch

NPR: Is U.S. Energy Independence Finally Within Reach?

Rising gas prices have been the big energy story of the past several weeks. But many energy experts say that's a sideshow compared with the really big energy event — the huge boom in oil and natural gas production in the U.S. that could help the nation reach the elusive goal of energy independence.

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