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ASC Takes Second Place in National BUV Competition

ASC Takes Second Place in National BUV Competition

BUV TeamThe
Alfred State College BUV Team overcame enormous adversity and achieved a
second-place finish in the Ninth Annual National Basic Utility Vehicle
Competition.  

A BUV is, according to
the Institute for Affordable Transportation (IAT) which sponsors the competition,
a vehicle for change.  Its purpose is to help meet peoples' everyday needs
at the ends of the earth, promote trade, and reduce poverty at a grassroots
level. 

The second-place finish
was remarkable in light of the fact that the team suffered two potentially
catastrophic failures.  The team blew a universal joint at the start of
the endurance test which was the only event of the first day of the
competition.  The vehicle that towed the BUV back to the pit area pulled
the vehicle at such a severe angle that the front wheel and its hydraulic drive
motor were torn from the BUV.  Despite this adversity the team worked
until 10:15 that night to repair and realign the u-joint and rebuild the front
end without the hydraulic drive.  Even without the front wheel drive, the
BUV was able to complete every event in the competition and was the only BUV to
negotiate the last event of the competition, the formidable Mud Pit.

John Brown University
scored 72.25 to take first place honors in the MAIN Division.  ASC
finished second with 71.82 points ahead of third place University of Missouri
at 70.58.  JBU was fourth last year to the ASC Team that won with a record
94.05 points.  The specifications for the MAIN Division are changed every
year.

Members of the ASC Basic
Utility Vehicle (BUV) Team included:  Rob Roth, Castleton; Corey Kane,
Jamestown; Matt Lemmon, Waverly; Greg Geens, Canisteo; and Aaron Neyman,
Cattaraugus; seniors in the mechanical engineering technology bachelor of
science degree program.  Dr. Edward G. Tezak, SUNY Distinguished Service
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Ray Gleason,
instructional support technician,
School
of Engineering Technology, escorted the BUV Team to Indianapolis in
April. 

The ASC Team finished
second in the MAIN Division of the competition as well as third overall
including those in the OPEN division.  A total of 15 teams were entered in
the annual event. 

Turf Torq Corp.,
supplier of the transaxles, and YANMAR, the parent company and supplier of the
diesel engines, both international companies, were title sponsors of this
year's competition.  They donated their wares to IAT which were available
to the colleges and universities for the cost of the freight. 

The
Institute for Affordable Transportation (IAT), a not-for-profit public charity,
sponsors the annual intercollegiate Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV) Competition in
Indianapolis to help facilitate the low-cost development of simple, appropriate
vehicles for rural economies.  Each year the specifications are changed to
meet a requirement from a different developing country.

Alfred
State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State
University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational
opportunities for students in its nearly 52 associate degree programs, 17
baccalaureate degree programs, and several certificate programs. ASC continues
to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses
as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and
court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings
stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology
Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are
also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. The
College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County, 15 miles
north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles
southeast of Buffalo.

For
more information, visit the BUV Web site at:  www.drivebuv.org.