Engineering students win international competition

University Communications

CU Denver Mechanical Engineering student drives in the Shell Eco-marathon

On April 26, eight CU Denver Mechanical Engineering students literally went the distance, in a vehicle that can travel more than 1,000 miles per gallon.

The students in the Senior Design class competed at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Houston, and were awarded first place in the hydrogen fuel cell category when the vehicle they designed and built achieved 1,254 mpg.

The eighth-annual competition brought together 125 high school and college teams from five different countries. The CU Denver team competed with their vehicle, named Archetype, in the Prototype category, which focused on futuristic vehicles that achieved extreme fuel efficiency.