Cal Poly Kennedy Library to Exhibit Innovative Alternative-Energy Prototype Vehicles April 11-June 7
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library will co-host the exhibit “Limitless: The Process of Innovation” from Thursday, April 11, through Friday, June 7. The exhibit showcases the unique work done in the university’s PROVE (Prototype Vehicles) Laboratory — a student-led collective that makes zero-emission vehicles that break world records.
The exhibit features prototype vehicles, projects, student engineers and processes to demonstrate the power of alternative energy through innovative engineering. Student-designed and fabricated projects in development will be on display, including a human-powered biomimetic submarine, a top-speed gravity-powered vehicle, and a fully electric long-range sports car.
The “Challenger,” a landmark historical vehicle from the extreme world of Gravity Racing, will also be on display, thanks to racing innovator Don Baumea.
The major theme of the exhibit is to illustrate innovation and invention without a rulebook. “This is a chance for PROVE Lab to show Cal Poly and the community what invention looks like,” said advisor Graham Doig, a former faculty member in the Aerospace Engineering Department. “It normally happens behind closed doors, out of sight. It’s works in progress. It’s ideas in the process of being tested. It’s an unbelievably talented and dedicated group of students figuring out how to be world-changers.”
The public is invited to the exhibit’s opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18.
The exhibit, co-hosted by the College of Engineering, is free and open to the public during library open hours.
Contact: Catherine J. Trujillo
(Photo at top): Student engineers wind-tunnel-testing “The Challenger,” a record-breaking vehicle designed by legend Don Baumea. Photo Courtesy PROVE Lab.
Student engineers working with a 3D printed model of their electric endurance car. Photo courtesy PROVE Lab.
Student engineers testing a scale model of their electric endurance car’s interior, which was prototyped to test seating angles and driver visibility. Photo courtesy PROVE Lab.
April 2, 2019