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Class Project Empowers Hudson Valley Students

CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, December 11, 2001

\"ImageA group of Hudson Valley Community College's Introduction to Engineering Design students recently raced vehicles they designed and built. Split into two teams, the students were required to build vehicles measuring no more than four-feet long by three-feet wide.

The students were required to incorporate an elastic material for energy and motion. The vehicles could not harbor any stored energy or springs, and the drivers were not allowed to use their feet or legs to power the vehicles. The race was held on a 100-foot-long, figure-eight-shaped track in Cogan Hall's Senior Automotive Lab.

Team No. 2 – Wallace Morris, Walter Sargent, Thomas Thomas and Jordan Velikov – covered the track in 60 seconds. Team No. 1 – Brian Kosloske, Jeffrey Goddin, Robert Hazen and Jonathan Fiato – also turned in a solid effort, covering the track in 109 seconds. Both teams received credit for appearance, creativity and functionality.

Introduction to Engineering Design, which introduces students to the methods used in formulation and solution of typical engineering problems, is a required course in Hudson Valley's Engineering Science Department. After completing their studies at Hudson Valley, most of the above-listed students plan to transfer to a four-year engineering school.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.