Engineering Team Takes Fourth

Siloam Springs, Ark. (May 11, 2004) — Last week, two engineering students from John Brown University won fourth place at the Fourth Annual Basic Utility Vehicle Competition held in Zionsville, Ind. The competition is sponsored by the Institute for Affordable Transportation (IAT). The JBU team consisted of seniors, J. T. Brady of Tulsa, Okla. and Seth Talley of Rogers, Ark. They designed and constructed the utility vehicle that landed them in the top five. Sixteen other universities competed with teams of six students from across the U.S. and Canada, May 7-8. “I believe JBU was most effective in terms of ‘yield’ by one person, even though the number of people on a team was not a factor in the final score,” Dr. Young-Gurl Kim, JBU professor of mechanical engineering said. Kim supervised and accompanied the team to Indiana for the competition. He also is a technical advisor for the Institute for Affordable Transportation. The overall objective for teams competing is to create an innovative solution for transportation dilemmas in developing countries. For example, a BUV would aid people in hauling goods over rugged terrain to sell at their local market. IAT is primarily marketing the product to women in third world countries. A BUV would allow them to haul their goods and children at safe speeds. For more information on BUVs, visit www.drivebuv.org. Teams were judged in two major sections, a non-driving section that included an oral presentation, design objectives, and written report among other objectives. The team score was also based on a series of driving events. These objectives included a hill climb, obstacle course, and swamp crossing among others. The JBU team impressed judges with the only low-cost, independent suspension system that gives the vehicle a smooth ride in rough terrain. Judges and participants alike were impressed with JBU’s innovative accomplishment, Kim said. The award-winning basic utility vehicle is currently stored on the JBU campus. It will be used for other engineering projects in the future. JBU Engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology (ABET). John Brown University is a top-tier private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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