Challenges/Projects

2016 SpaceX Hyperloop Challenge

A team of students participated in the recent SpaceX Hyperloop Challenge held at Texas A&M. Other participating schools included Harvard, MIT and Virginia Tech.

By: Becky St. Clair
“The Hyperloop is a new, fifth form of transportation using a pod traveling inside a vacuum tube at 700–800 miles per hour. It uses magnetic levitation or air skis, basically allowing the pod to ride on a film of air so there’s never contact between it and the ground.”  This is how junior mechanical engineering major Jonathan Penrod describes the futuristic invention of Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla. This eyebrow-raising idea, however, isn’t as far into the future as we might think. Read More...

The 2016 Stryker Engineering Challenge


The 2016 Stryker Engineering Challenge took place from March 31 to April 1. Seven teams participated: two from Notre Dame, two from University of Michigan, one from Purdue, one from Western Michigan University, and one from the Michigan Colleges Alliance.

The Challenge was to design a remotely controlled vehicle that could pick up victims (small Lego people) using a magnet. The situation was a simulated gas leak in downtown Kalamazoo. There were three separate areas to pick up victims from. The attached course picture shows the teams’ pit areas closest to the camera and a park on the right, a hospital area in the middle, and downtown stores area on the left. Read More...