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NIU places third at SAE Supermileage event

June 19, 2013

SAE Supermileage bannerA team of students from the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology participated in the 34th running of the Society of Automotive Engineer’s (SAE) Supermileage event on June 6 and 7 in Marshall, Mich.

The NIU team took home $900 after finishing in third place, just behind Penn State University’s Behrend College and runner-up Brigham Young University.

Providing an opportunity to get hands-on experience, the Supermileage competition challenges students to research, design and build a single-person, fuel- efficient vehicle powered by a one-cylinder, four-cycle engine. The vehicles run on a 9.6-mile course, and the team with the highest mpg rating, coupled with best design, is declared the winner.

Related: Student research: Zach Griffith steers NIU SAE Supermileage chassis design project