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Congressman delivers Capitol Hill kudos to NIU Supermileage Team

August 6, 2015
U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, chats Thursday with members of NIU’s Supermileage Team.

U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, chats Thursday
with members of NIU’s highly successful Supermileage Team.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger visited the NIU campus Thursday morning to meet member of the NIU Supermilage Team, see their work and present them with a copy of his congratulatory statement read into Congressional Record.

Kinzinger, a Republican from Channahon, praised the team’s success at the 36th annual SAE Supermileage Competition in Marshall, Mich.

“Over the course of two days in June, engineering and technology students from around the world completed the challenge of designing and constructing a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle,” Kinzinger read into the official record. “The Northern Illinois vehicle, called the Huskie Rocket, was able to reach a fuel efficiency of 1,057 miles per gallon, placing the Northern Illinois Supermileage team third in the world, and second in the United States.”

The congressman’s statement also commended College of Engineering and Engineering Technology faculty adviser David Schroeder and “the hard work of 10 NIU students, including Supermileage team captain Lindsey Dodis, Kevin Kuebrich, Christian McAdoo, Kyle McNamara, Russell Fordyce, Andrew Hagel, Adam Detrick, Aaron McKeown, Tom Swanberg and Saajan Patel.”

Members of the team, who recently took a victory lap of sorts in Chicago, also tasted stardom earlier in the year through a nationally broadcast commercial with Jay Leno.

While on campus, Congressman Kinzinger also met with a group of leading researchers from across the university to discuss their work and the need for strong federal investment in the nation’s research and innovation enterprise.