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Need For Speed: Engineering Propels Champion Cyclist

Posted November 05, 2007 11:36 AM

From ScienceDaily: Latest Science News:

ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2007) — As junior Nick Frey sat in his fluid mechanics course last spring, he was thinking about bicycles -- but he wasn't daydreaming. Rather, the mechanical and aerospace engineering major was conjuring ways to put his newfound knowledge to work in modifications to his racing bike. The reigning national time-trial champion and co-president of the University cycling team, Frey has aerodynamic aspirations that go far beyond taping the vents on his helmet -- a common practice among racing cyclists to reduce wind resistance. "Nick was one of the most active students in my class -- always wanting to know more details, or to make sure he understood everything," said Alexander Smits, the chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering and Frey's fluid mechanics professor. "It was great to have him in the class. He bemoaned the fact that Barrie Royce and I were no longer offering our freshman course, 'The Bicycle and the Engineer,' but he seems to have put his fluid dynamics know-how to very good use."

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