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03-19-2008

Clarkson University Zero Emission Team Takes Third Place in Clean Snowmobile Challenge

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The Clarkson Electric Knights Zero Emission Snowmobile Team finished in third place this past weekend at the Clean Snowmobile Challenge in Houghton, Mich.

The Clarkson University team used a lightweight 2008 Polaris 600RR snowmobile stripped down and rebuilt with a 37 kilowatt Solectria three-phase induction motor. The motor was driven by a 7.4 kilowatt hour lithium polymer battery pack assembled, with the team's own custom-engineered battery management system.snowmobile-ze-2008

The events included longest range, subjective handling, objective handling, acceleration, engine noise, cold start, and an oral presentation of the design.

Members of the Clarkson Electric Knights Zero Emission Clean Snowmobile Team are Adam E. Eberhardt, a senior from Center Moriches, N.Y., majoring in computer engineering; Joe D. Cipollina, a senior from Binghamton, N.Y., majoring in mechanical engineering; Josh D. Gale, a junior from Goffstown, N.H., majoring in mechanical engineering; Dan I. Kirkpatrick, a December 2007 graduate from Glens Falls, N.Y., who majored in mechanical engineering; Brian C. Loggi, a sophomore from Hilton, N.Y., majoring in electrical engineering; Rob J. Franklin, a junior from Sherrill, N.Y., majoring in aeronautical engineering; Tim A. Swyka, a junior from Westtown, N.Y., majoring in electrical engineering; Peter J. Kudrewicz, a freshman from Little Falls, N.Y., majoring in aeronautical engineering; Leif R. Amber a freshman from Chelsea, Vt., majoring in electrical engineering; Melissa G. Butkiewicz, a freshman from Binghamton, N.Y., currently studying in the Clarkson School; and Tom L. Masse, a junior from Rutland, Vt., majoring in interdisciplinary engineering & management.

Team Advisers Bob Davis and Prof. Don Rasmussen and the team thank Babcock Power Inc., Polaris Industries, Camoplast Corporation, and Mark Hill and Neil Haney from the SUNY Canton Motorsports Program for their support.

Photo caption: Peter Kudrewicz, a freshman from Little Falls, N.Y., drives the Clarkson Zero Emissions Snowmobile in the acceleration event at the Clean Snowmobile Challenge in Houghton, Mich. The Clarkson Electric Knights Zero Emission Snowmobile Team finished in third place at the competition.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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