RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 10, 2014) – The South Dakota School
of Mines & Technology Clean Snowmobile team took second in the zero emissions division of the 2014 Society
of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clean
Snowmobile Challenge, triumphing in one of Michigan’s snowiest winters in years –
the ideal sub-freezing conditions for the SAE design competition.
In the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, engineering students compete
in a variety of categories. The internal combustion category aims to reduce
emissions and noise and increase fuel efficiency while preserving the riding excitement
demanded by snowmobile enthusiasts. The zero emissions category, sponsored by
the National Science Foundation, relies on electric snowmobiles to conduct atmospheric
research in pristine arctic locations.
“Advances like these are critical to the future of
snowmobiling,” said Art Jeffers, acting forest supervisor of the Huron-Manistee
National Forest, who represented the U.S. Forest Service at the challenge. “The
snowmobiling industry and the clubs have made great strides, and with their sponsorship,
the Challenge has been a great way to move the technology forward.”
Next year, the challenge will dedicate a separate category to
diesel-powered sleds, as demand mounts for diesel technology education from companies
such as John Deere and Caterpillar. Sleds in the challenge will continue
to use a biofuel mix based on gasoline and isobutanol, requiring future entries to adapt
to a mystery blend fuel recipe that contains an unknown percentage of
Team members are Riley Hosman, an electrical engineering sophomore from
Brandon; Bennett Prosser, a mechanical engineering junior from Sturgis; Mathew
Daniels, an electrical engineering sophomore from Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Spenser
Foster, a mechanical engineering junior from Flandreau; Doug Kadrmas, an
electrical engineering junior from Dickinson, N.D.; and Kyle Roe, a mechanical
engineering junior from Hayti.
The Clean Snowmobile team falls under the purview of the Center
of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP). The center is
designed to teach students engineering, science and design skills, as well as
the ability to work in teams. Team members design, build, market and raise the
money for their projects.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid
City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university
enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
$62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on
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