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UNL ASME Activities

University of Nebraska - Lincoln student chapter of ASME does a variety of different activities to give students an idea of the future.

Some regional get-togethers are tours, conferences, design competitions, and the annual MME banquet. These are great opportunities to experience more engineering.

The design competition is an opportunity to actually do some hands-on engineering. Each year ASME holds design competitions. ASME National Student Design Competition Website. (See the HPVc competition information below.)

ASME also is involved in E-Week on the Lincoln City Campus, which is in April each year. There are activities for middle and high school students who attend, sponsored by student organizations and the college. Mechanical engineering majors also present their senior design projects. E-Week Website

The Human Powered Vehicle competition (HPVc) is an annual event organized through ASME. The purpose of this competition is to build a human powered vehicle--basically a glorified bike. This event consists of three different classes of vehicles. Each team may choose to make a vehicle for either a single rider or a pair of riders. Teams may also enter a third division that consists of a utility vehicle. The utility vehicle can either be a single or dual rider.

Points are given to each team in three different categories. Two of these categories are based on vehicle performance. Teams compete in a Sprint event, which is a 100-meter time trial. The second race is a 65 kilometer endurance race. Teams are required to make several pit stops in order to change drivers. Teams are required to submit a design report in order to demonstrate ingenuity of design and thoroughness in planning. This is the third area that points are awarded.

Each year, there are three competitions held throughout the Americas, including two regional competitions held in the U.S. divided roughly between the East and West coasts.

For the 2008-09 competition, this chapter spent its time and effort towards learning rather than competing. The nearest competition was at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, and the 42-hour round trip was difficult for a first-year team. During this season, we worked and built a "fraken-bike". This vehicle was a compilation of ideas and allowed us to try various things.

For more information, visit ASME's HPVc site.