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Looyenga is on team
Eric Looyenga, son of Martin and Deb Looyenga, Webster, is one of a dozen SDSU engineering students who spent the weekend in Las Vegas as members of the SDSU Human-Powered Vehicle team. The South Dakota State University mechanical engineering students finished third in the challenge hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers March 17-20. The students and eight others who didn’t make the trip to Las Vegas spent an estimated 800 hours creating Black Jack, their contest entry.

The vehicles are bicycles built from scratch and powered by pedaling. While they operate similarly to a bike, they look and drive like a car.

The team also collected a first-place trophy in the men’s sprint event, third in the innovation contest and seventh in the two and a half-hour endurance race. Black Jack will race at the Eastern contest in Cookeville, TN April 21-23 and will be on display with other engineering projects at the SDSU Engineering Expo at the Swiftel Center, Brookings April 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.



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