By Elexus Comyne.
Texas A&M was named Grand Champion at the 2023 Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge Final Competition hosted by Norgren in Littleton, CO, April 12-14th.
11 schools competed in four races last week judged by fluid power industry professionals. In addition to the races, students gave presentations on their vehicle construction, testing, and lessons learned. Each team also met individually with the industry judges to assess their vehicle design.
The Vehicle Challenge is a competition that combines two technology platforms that are not normally associated with one another—human-powered vehicles and fluid power. Teams are tasked with designing and building their own fluid power vehicles over the course of a school year. The program culminates in final competitions at two separate locations.
1st Place — Texas A&M
2nd Place — Purdue University
3rd Place — University of Alabama at Birmingham
Specific awards are given to highlight the use of pneumatics and electronics in the teams’ designs. The prize for Best Use of Pneumatics, sponsored by Norgren, was taken home by California Polytechnic State University. The prize for Innovative Use of Electronics, sponsored by IFP Motion Solutions Inc., was awarded to Texas A&M.
We would also like to thank the industry representatives who served as judges during the Midway Reviews and Final Competition, served as mentors to guide students throughout the program year, and met with the students during the Fall Networking Mixer to talk about career opportunities at their companies.
For further information on the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge, contact Mary Pluta, Workforce Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.