Students from The University of Tulsa College of Engineering and Natural Sciences are teaming up with peers at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa to participate in the 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. The event, sponsored by the rocket and spacecraft development company SpaceX, challenges university teams from around the world to design and build the best transport pod.
Team Codex, which comprises 28 members, plans to build and race a competitive prototype this summer at the SpaceX hyperloop test track in Hawthorne, California. TU participants include electrical engineering students Abduljalil Aldrees, Ahmed Al-Wakeel, Peter Batchelder, Carter Ebrey, Anna Findley, Rocky Lewis and Yuan Li. Electrical and computer engineering students include Sarah Chase, Joseph Edmunds, Armond Kelley, Travis Norman, Jaime Nunez and Samuel Pangestu. The ORU mechanical engineering majors involved are: Kedeem Brown, Jacob Huene, Micael Huene, Bethel Kifle, Jessical Lopez, Tevin Macias, Victor Mavika, Austin McCulloch, Felicia Moore, Samuel Moreira, Dorothy Mwakina, Stephen Paris, Fishomi Phillip-King and Daniel Rickard. The primary criterion of all entries is maximum speed, and all pods must be self-propelled. Advisers are TU’s Kaveh Ashenayi, the Hans S. Norberg Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Douglas Jussaume, applied associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; and ORU’s Robert Leland, professor of engineering and physics.
Students have submitted the final package of CAD drawings, simulations and pod design options, and if approved by SpaceX, will advance to the next phase of the competition to build the pod and race this summer. Codex team member Jaime Nunez says TU electrical engineering students are earning their two semesters of senior design class requirements by partnering with ORU. Instead of assigning TU electrical engineering seniors to group projects, all seniors are collaborating with ORU in one large team effort. “Since ORU had previously participated in the hyperloop competition and needed additional help in the electrical and software domains they reached out to Professor Ashenayi,” Nunez says.
The 2018 event is the third installment of SpaceX hyperloop competition.