A group of graduate students from UC’s Lindner College of Business and College of Engineering and Applied Science have advanced to the final round of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.
Hyperloop is a solar-powered high-speed inner-city transportation idea of Elon Musk that transports 20 to 30 people at high subsonic speeds via a pod propelled through a 12-foot diameter tube. Musk is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX and co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors.
Members of the Hyperloop UC team first submitted their preliminary design to best an initial pool of more than 1,000 applications from around the world. They then advanced to compete against 124 teams from 20 countries at the Hyperloop Design Weekend held at Texas A&M in January 2016. Hyperloop UC is now on their way to make Hyperloop a reality in the final round this June against 30 opponents at the one-mile SpaceX Hyper track in Hawthorne, California.
Lindner MBA student Sid Thatham, who is also a graduate chemical engineering student, says “Our team has focused on every aspect of the Hyperloop, from the station design to the minute details of levitation, aerodynamics, control systems, etc. Moreover, we have incorporated many unique features into our final design.”
To learn more, visit UC CEAS story about the Hyperloop UC project.