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  • HPVC 2017 Tutoring Webinar on December 10, 2016

    Webinar Tutoring for the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge 

    Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 AM PDT (1:00 PM EST)

    Presented by Wesley Rooney

    Register here:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/343511998711858948

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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    This meeting series is a free instructional Human Powered Vehicle Challenge "tutoring" program, which is hosted and organized by volunteers from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Santa Clara Valley Professional Section. 

    UPDATE: as of 10/16/2016 significant tutoring program schedule changes have been made. Due to recent rule changes and university schedule concerns, part 2 will be offered twice to give as many people as possible a chance to benefit from the live interactive sessions. The same "part 2" material will be presented both times (mid-December 2016, with another session being offered early February 2017). 

    Barring any technical difficulties, all meetings will be digitally recorded for viewing at your convenience though I encourage everyone to attend the live meetings if possible so you can ask questions. For those of you who missed the first session in October 2016, the system will provide you a link to the recording so you can catch up (watch the recording!). 

    Each meeting in this two segment program includes a comprehensive and down-to-earth presentation from experienced event staff on the key things you need to know in order to succeed in this event, and includes a presentation from exciting guest speakers from companies such as Specialized, Cannondale and Santa Cruz cycles. 

    The overall goal is to help students and advisers understand what needs to be done so that everyone has the best possible educational experience and gets maximum enjoyment out of the event. 

    The 2nd session goes over entirely new information that becomes relevant towards the end of your project. Both presentations contain key information that is critical to success in this event. 

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  • HPVC 2017 Tutoring Webinar on October 8, 2016

    Webinar Tutoring for the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge 

    Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT (1:00 PM EST)

    Date Changed from Oct 1

    Presented by Wesley Rooney

    Register here:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/343511998711858948

    This meeting series is a free instructional Human Powered Vehicle Challenge "tutoring" program, which is hosted and organized by volunteers from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Santa Clara Valley Professional Section. 

    All meetings will be digitally recorded for viewing at your convenience, though I encourage everyone to attend the live meetings if possible. 

    Each meeting in this two segment program includes a comprehensive and down-to-earth presentation from experienced event staff on the key things you need to know in order to succeed in this event, and includes a presentation from exciting guest speakers from companies such as Specialized, Cannondale and Santa Cruz cycles. 

    The overall goal is to help students and advisers understand what needs to be done so that everyone has the best possible educational experience and gets maximum enjoyment out of the event. 

    As I myself am a past competitor and someone with 12+ years of experience as an event judge, I can tell you with complete conviction that I wish this program had been available back when I was a student. It's that important. 

    The first crash course session is held early October of 2016 to cover info that is critical to know at the beginning of the project. Students who are unsure about taking on such a project can also use this session to get a better feel for the experience. The guest presentations are interesting enough that they are worth seeing even if you don't plan on attending the event itself. We welcome everyone who wants to listen in and learn. 

    The second session in early February of 2017 covers key topics that become relevant towards the middle to end of the project. We will present entirely new information during this session, so we encourage everyone to attend even if they missed the first part of the program. We typically also arrange for a different key note speaker as well. 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • Want to be an HPVC Judge? Sign up!

    The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Committee is seeking potential judges for future competitions and volunteer members for the committee..

    If you are interested, please sign up on the form here:

    http://goo.gl/forms/A3sJHs13EY

    Only graduates may apply and not current undergraduate students.

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  • Important Notice: HPVC India 2016 Safety

    Safety is very important to ASME and the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge committee. We all want to do our best to prevent injury to competitors and spectators. Even though this competition is human powered, there are still serious safety risks. In an effort to mitigate any problems, I have outlined some important information below for the competitors at the HPVC India this year.

    Safety Inspection
    All teams should be aware that they must meet the safety inspection criteria stated in the rules in order to compete.

    Safety inspection will only be conducted on March 17th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    All teams must arrive on March 17th with a vehicle that is ready to pass inspection in accordance with the rules. Inspection will not be extended past March 17th and exemptions will not be granted for safety violations that can't be corrected on site.

    Rollover Protection System (RPS)
    All RPS need to meet the load cases stated in the rules. This will be tested during safety inspection on a case-by-case basis.

    Clothing and Protective Equipment
    Protective equipment and appropriate clothing must be warn while riding HPVs and any other bicycle or personal vehicle during the competition. More specifically, helmets must be warn whether riding a competition vehicle, a personal bicycle, or motor bike while at the competition.

    Exemptions from RPS and Safety Harness
    Any team wanting an exemption from the Rollover Protection System (RPS) and Safety Harness rules must have submitting Form 4 by January 11th. If you did not submit this request then your team must have an RPS and safety harness.

    If you missed the deadline but still wish to request an exemption then you can email hpvcasme@gmail.com by March 10th with the form and an explanation of why it was not submitted on time. The judging team will consider late requests but does not guarantee approval.

    Rules and Forms
    The 2016 HPVC India rules and forms can be downloaded here:
    https://community.asme.org/hpvc/m/default.aspx

    Questions
    Any questions about safety or the competition can be directed to the HPVC forum here:
    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/asme-hpvc

    Thanks and I look forward to meeting everyone in Vellore on March 17th.

    Nathan Taylor
    HPVC India Head Judge

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  • HPVC 2016 Tutoring Webinar on October 3, 2015

    Webinar Tutoring for the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge 

    Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM PDT (1:00 PM EST)

    Register here:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4677705462872973569

    This meeting series is a free instructional Human Powered Vehicle Challenge "tutoring" program, which is hosted and organized by volunteers from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Santa Clara Valley Professional Section.

    All meetings will be digitally recorded for viewing at your convenience, though I encourage everyone to attend the live meetings if possible.

    Each meeting in this two segment program includes a comprehensive and down-to-earth presentation from experienced event staff on the key things you need to know in order to succeed in this event, and includes a presentation from exciting guest speakers from companies such as Specialized, Cannondale and Santa Cruz cycles.

    The overall goal is to help students and advisers understand what needs to be done so that everyone has the best possible educational experience and gets maximum enjoyment out of the event.

    As I myself am a past competitor and someone with 11+ years of experience as an event judge, I can tell you with complete conviction that I wish this program had been available back when I was a student. It's that important.

    The first crash course session is held early October of 2015 to cover info that is critical to know at the beginning of the project. Students who are unsure about taking on such a project can also use this session to get a better feel for the experience. The guest presentations are interesting enough that they are worth seeing even if you don't plan on attending the event itself. We welcome everyone who wants to listen in and learn.

    The second session in early February of 2016 covers key topics that become relevant towards the middle to end of the project. We will present entirely new information during this session, so we encourage everyone to attend even if they missed the first part of the program. We typically also arrange for a different key note speaker as well.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • HPVC India 2015 Webinar on Sunday November 23rd

    Webinar Tutoring on the HPVC India Event

    Nov 23, 2014 9:00 AM IST

    Register here:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/119802130

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    This tutoring program is recommended for anyone who is considering participating in the event, university advisers who might want to offer event this as a student project, and/or senior project students who are not too sure what they want to do yet and want to learn more before they make a final decisions.

    ASME's Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) has been the go-to college engineering project for over 30 years for both Mechanical and Aerospace engineering students. This event 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 cycling-based vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.

    This event fills a very important need for college engineering students in that it offers all the benefits of a "real" design project, but does so in a way that is exciting enough to get them really motivated. It offers small teams of students from all experience levels a realistic chance of success; the workload is manageable with a full class course load and most importantly it can be done with fairly small budgets and limited resources.

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  • HPVC 2015 Tips and Tricks Webinar on Saturday October 4th

    The ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge has been the go-to college engineering event for over 30 years. The Santa Clara Valley ASME section (who will be serving as the U.S. West Coast event host for 2015) will be hosting a free webinar tutoring program to help all students interested in any of the various HPVC event locations (both in the U.S. and the international venues).

     
    This webinar is not required for participants of the HPVC event. But it is highly recommended for the following; 2015 student competitors, university representatives who may be considering recommending the event to their students and want to learn more, and for senior project students who are not yet decided on what they want to do for a final project and want to learn more before making a final decision.
    The main presenter will be a current HPVC Design Judge with over 10 years of event experience. The focus of the presentation material will be to offer advice, helpful tips and tricks that will improve and enhance the experience for students. We are also excited to to announce that an engineer from SRAM will be giving a presentation on the realities of being an engineer in the cycling industry.
     
    This webinar will be held on Saturday, October the 4th, at 10am PST. If you are interested in attending, please use the following link to register.
     
    Read about the event on the official ASME webpage
    or the event's Facebook page, where you can find images from past events and read about current events
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  • Human-Powered Vehicles Can Drive Meaningful Change

    Check out this wonderful article about the ASME HPVC on LiveScience

    Mark Archibald, the chair of the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge committee wrote this op-ed article for LiveScience

    http://www.livescience.com/38246-human-powered-vehicles.html

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  • ASME HPVC Best Practices: Top 20 Judge's Tips

    ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Engineering Exposition: Best Practices and Hints for Success
    "Top 20 judge's tips" from HPVC judges Mark Archibald and Paul Johnson at the 2012 HPVC East at Grove City College in Grove City, PA

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  • ASME HPVC Best Practices: Successful team focus and structure

    ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Engineering Exposition: Best Practices and Hints for Success
    "Successful team focus and structure" from Missouri S&T at the 2012 HPVC East at Grove City College in Grove City, PA

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  • ASME HPVC Best Practices: Why we build and compete

    ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Engineering Exposition: Best Practices and Hints for Success
    "Why we build and compete" from the University of Toronto at the 2012 HPVC East at Grove City College in Grove City, PA
    More info at go.asme.org/hpvc

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  • Best Practices: Advice to new teams

    ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Engineering Exposition: Best Practices and Hints for Success
    "Team history and advice to new teams" from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at the 2012 HPVC East at Grove City College in Grove City, PA


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  • HPVC Promo Video

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