UW-WC Team Receives $500 for Rocket Competition

Vehicle Build Leads to Rocket Challenge
By UW-Washington County

UW-WC students with hand powered vehicle

UW-Washington County’s Engineering Club recently loaded up the human-powered vehicle they constructed during their noon hours and after-school meetings. The UW-WC college students along with their advisor and instructor, Engineering Professor Guy Campbell, traveled to Milwaukee to display the vehicle at the annual student night event for the Milwaukee Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Other university engineering clubs participating, included: UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, MSOE, Marquette University, Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech.

Each club displayed their vehicles before dinner, and students gave after dinner presentations reporting on their accomplishments in the past year and plans for the upcoming year. Arber Shehu, President, represented  UW-WC’s club.  He presented on the volunteer activities of the club in the local middle schools and parks, their efforts to complete the human powered vehicle, and relayed their plans to build a rocket for the Collegiate Rocket Launch Competition next spring.  The club was awarded a $500 scholarship to help achieve their goal.

Professor Guy Campbell (a collaborative engineering instructor from UW-Platteville), the club’s adviser and instructor, noted that the annual rocket competition is sponsored by NASA and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium.  Students from both the engineering and physics club meet once or twice a week to work on the design reports and rocket build. The launch competition takes place on Saturday, April 22 at Richard Bong Recreational Park in Kansasville, Wisconsin. 

UW-Washington County, one of the 13 two-year campuses of the UW Colleges, is located at 400 S. University Drive in West Bend. Through a collaborative agreement with UW-Platteville, UW-Washington County offers a bachelor’s degree in both electrical and mechanical engineering. The program provides the same degrees as received by students located at the Platteville campus. It combines UW-Platteville instructors and hands-on lab experiences that prepare students for an engineering career. Classes are taught both face-to-face as well as through distance technology. For more information about UW-Washington County, visit the website, washington.uwc.edu or email: student-info@uwc.edu.


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications