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PSU Hosts Human Powered Vehicle Challenge
Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 8:00am

Portland State University's Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department will be hosting this year's Human Powered Vehicle Division West, an annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) competition for student designed and built human-powered vehicles. 

The Human Powered Vehicle competition tests teams of engineering students as they put their minds together to create new, sustainable modes of transportation that have the potential for everyday use. Teams from 27 universities will participate this year, competing in three different categories: speed, utility and endurance. Students race to get their vehicles over 15 miles per hour, and try to prove the utility of their vehicles by using them to pick up and transport groceries. The vehicles are judged on design, safety, and performance. 

PSU's team includes six members, and they are designing and building their vehicle as part of their junior and senior Capstone projects. The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science students learn how to design in the fall term, then start building in the winter quarter and throughout the spring quarter.

The weekend's events kick off on Friday, May 1, with a safety check from noon to 6 p.m. outside the Engineering Building (1930 SW 4th), and there will be an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Engineering Building atrium where high school students are invited to attend and learn. The two days of races and other competitions will be held Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tektronix Industrial Park in Beaverton. For more information e-mail Melissa Scholl at 503-725-4291 or You can also visit

Media interested in interviews or photos of the students in action, should contact Kerri Griesbeck at 503-725-8794 or