Kodi Dixon, an engineering intern at Dry Fork Station, achieved high honors in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Design Competition in Houston, TX. Dixon is a senior at the University of Wyoming. He and a team of three other University of Wyoming engineering students were awarded as the top United States team and placed third overall in the competition.
The first place award in the “Energy Relay” went to Institut Superieur de L’Aeronautique et de l’Espac, an engineering school in Toulouse, France. The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, took second in the competition.
The group created four small vehicles that were all powered by a different fuel source to run in a line down a track in the least amount of time possible. Each design required a unique, on-board energy source and it needed to trigger the motion on the following device. There was a rigid set of guidelines the designs had to meet.
The team members qualified for the international event by winning the 2012 spring regional event in Baton Rouge, LA.
Dixon explains that his internship at Dry Fork Station helped him prepare for the competition. “We are constantly juggling a dozen projects at a time and are working with a team of contractors and Basin Electric employees at work and through that experience as an intern, I have learned a lot about project management and teamwork skills,” Dixon says. “The internship helped me balance the competition and my studies as a fulltime mechanical engineering student, and it also made me more proficient when working with University of Wyoming faculty and my teammates for the competition.”
Dixon has two semesters remaining at the University of Wyoming. He plans to intern again at Dry Fork Station this summer.