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.
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.
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