For the third consecutive year, a team of Purdue University Calumet engineering students recorded a top five finish at NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville, Ala.
Mechanical engineering majors Cody Eitzen, of Munster, and Maria Frebis, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., drove their Purdue Calumet buggy to a fifth place finish in the 48-field College Division of the 20th annual competition in 5 minutes, 14 seconds. A second Purdue Calumet moonbuggy driven by Dustin Atwood and Andrea David, both of Crown Point, placed 20th.
Additionally, for the second consecutive year, Purdue Calumet won the Featherweight Award for entering the lightest buggy to complete the course in 10 minutes or less.
Other Purdue Calumet engineering students assisting at the competition were Daniel Bonner, of Chicago, Shaun Andres, of St. John and RJ Gladstone, of Dyer.
Among others assisting on campus were mechanical engineering technology students Trevor Fishback, of Schererville; Aaron Kolb, of Forest Park, Ill.; Daniela Ramirez, of East Chicago; and Mike Trnka, of Gary, along with School of Technology Laboratory Administrator Rick Rickerson.