Panther I

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the University of Pittsburgh's Human Powered Vehicle Club team designed and constructed the first ever human powered vehicle in the school's history. Panther I competed against other engineering schools at the ASME HPVC East 2017 competition in Cookeville, TN and placed fairly well for a first year team.

Seeking to intersect my Pitt education with bicycles, I founded and organized the club in starting in 2016. In addition to modeling the bicycle frame in Solidworks to meet competition requirements, I took a lead role in manufacturing the frame, designing custom tooling, pursuing $3,000 in funding from the Student Organization Resource Center, and overcoming problems as they arose. As the club president and founder, I further developed my leadership skills through delegation of responsibilities while balancing schoolwork, research, and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships.

Competition Results

  • Of 33 teams, we were 14th overall, meeting our goal of placing in the top half.

  • In the 2.5 hour endurance race, we placed 4th, logging 29 miles (46.71 km) despite a variety of obstacles.

  • In the sprint race we were 10th for women's and 8th for men's.

  • We were one of three teams to receive a 10 out of 10 for aesthetics. Craft was high. 

Design Reports and Links

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