UNLV & ASME Partner to Bring E-Fest West to Las Vegas

Students participate in the Human Powered Vehicle Competition (HPVC).
Mar. 7, 2017

Eva Hakansson, world’s fastest female motorcycle rider, giving keynote


On March 17-19, 2017 students from across the country are expected to participate in or attend ASME’s E-Fest West, an event enabling engineering students to expand their knowledge, test and showcase new skills, and inspire innovation. https://efests.asme.org/

E-Fest West is one of three new ASME events in the US and the Asia Pacific region that will showcase the creativity and ingenuity of young engineers who will become tomorrow’s innovators and problem solvers. The immersive event will take place over three days and two nights and features a variety of hands-on activities including student competitions, career networking sessions, and more.

On Saturday, March 18, Eva Hakansson, the world’s fastest female motorcycle rider with an official world record at 248.700 mph and a top speed of 270 mph, will be the event’s keynote speaker. Eva will speak on her two main drives: to show that eco-friendly electric vehicles don’t have to be slow, and that engineering is a great career choice for women. http://evahakanssonracing.com

“Competitions like E-Fest West are integral to providing our students hands-on experiences and opportunities to network with engineering students across the country,” said Rama Venkat, dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. “As a college that promotes interdisciplinary work not only between our various engineering departments, but across our university, we are honored to partner with an organization that holds our same values when it comes to engineering.” 

“E-Fest has been created to celebrate engineering and innovation and to provide a venue for students to be a part of today’s diverse and multidisciplinary engineering community,” said K. Keith Roe, the president of ASME.

The weekend’s excitement will include student competitions, headlined by the ASMD Human Powered Vehicle Competition.  HPVC challenges college students to apply sound engineering principles in the design and fabrication of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives.  Sleek pedal-powered “super bikes,” HPVCs are efficient and highly engineered systems that can be used for multiple purposes, from workday commuting to grocery trips.  (This video shows types of human-powered vehicles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_k6Gk6BAMw&list=FLcZS1prSZJrRDOYgy6FK9Mg.)

All E-Fest West events will take place on the campus of UNLV. The public, including K-12 students, are invited to view the HPVC free of charge.

For more information on E-Fest West, visit https://efests.asme.org/west/.