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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department

MNE Student Groups in the Spotlight

Baja SAE Team

The Engineering Student Council presented the Baja SAE team with the “2014 Most Outstanding Competition Team Award.” The group recently competed in the 2014 SAE Baja event in El Paso, Texas. They had a strong showing with several top-10 finishes, including ninth place in the four-hour endurance race and eighth place in sales presentation. The team placed 12th overall out of the 100 teams registered. The next competition will be in Pittsburg, Kansas, and the students are looking forward to traveling to new locations and experiencing different types of terrain that will test the car’s design. Members are hoping to have a lot of local support at the Kansas event.

More information about the team is available on Facebook at facebook.com/ksubajasae.

Dylan Kraus, MNE senior



The AIAA UAS design team is gearing up for the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition which will be June 18-22 in Maryland.  The team is currently finishing system integration and will begin flight testing in the upcoming weeks.  In addition to testing, the team will be documenting the UAS in a journal to be submitted for judging. Faculty advisers for the team are Garth Thompson and Dale Schinstock, MNE.

Matt Roselli, ECE senior

Human Powered Vehicle Team

The human powered vehicle design team competed at the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge East in Orlando, Florida, April 11-13. They ranked 9th in design, 10th in innovation, 5th in women’s speed, 7th in men’s speed and 7th in endurance. Overall, they ranked 6th out of 30 teams. Additionally, for the second year in a row, they received the Most Improved Student Organization award from the K-State Engineering Student Council.  The team appreciates all of the MNE faculty and staff support this year.

John Opsahl, MNE senior

Powercat Motorsports Team

The SAE formula car, “Jaguar,” is officially up and running. The team put the car through rigorous testing for the SAE Michigan International Speedway Competition in Detroit, Michigan, May 13-17 and the Formula SAE Lincoln, Nebraska event on June 18-21. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/powercatmotorsports  to get all of the latest updates.

Zachary Thiessen, MNE sophomore

MAY 2014 Graduates

May 2014 Graduates