In the 2016-2017 academic year, the UW-Madison team will design a completely new and highly competitive vehicle by discussing new ideas and altering old designs. Last year, the team radically changed the traditional design, favoring a fully faired leaning delta trike as opposed to the rigid two and three-wheeled designs from previous years. This year the team is hoping to place in the top five of the unrestricted vehicle class. In order to do this, we need your help!
Despite a large focus on competition, the team’s primary purpose is to supplement what is taught in the classroom with hands-on experience. As a member of the team, you will get an opportunity to build technical skills in designing, manufacturing, and testing a product within a team setting. Team members collaborate on challenging problems that arise throughout the year. As the team works, the entire design and fabrication process is documented. These documents then serve as resource material for future teams or individuals interested in building a human powered vehicle. The final product, the vehicle, is brought to competition and is a great source of publicity and pride for the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as the state of Wisconsin.
Any engineering student at UW-Madison is eligible to be a team member. Faculty and non-students may be involved as advisors. We encourage students who like to ride and work on bikes to join but no experience is required to join. Each team member has equal opportunities to participate in the design and fabrication of the bike and compete by riding the bike in the competition.
We hold all-team weekly, hour-long meetings in the Engineering Centers Building. In addition, each sub-team meets for an hour to design and fabricate various parts of the vehicle. In order to attend the competition, it is expected that members actively contribute to the team by attending meetings and spending time in the shop and in our work room to fabricate the vehicle.
If you are interested in joining the team, please send an e-mail to the team President, Karl Niendorf, at firstname.lastname@example.org.