Dine and Learn: SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Presentation


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The Denver Section would like to invite you to join us for the latest presentation in our Dine and Learn series!

Come join your fellow IEEE members and local engineers for a fun-filled evening of appetizers, networking, and dinner, while we discover exciting new innovations in technology. Once a month one of your local Denver IEEE Societies will host the event and bring in a unique speaker related to their field to present. This provides you, our members, with a unique opportunity to explore and learn about exciting new technologies being developed around you. Early on in the evening, you’ll also have ample opportunity to mingle with your fellow engineers and colleagues delving into a broad range of technical expertise.

We will provide the appetizers, but dinner is at your own expense. Dinner for students is free.

If there is a specific speaker or topic you find interesting please let us know and we will try to accommodate it in the schedule.

Upcoming presentations: 

September: Risk Assessment Methods for Cloud Computing Platforms by Tim Weil

October: Haiti Project Presentation by Wynn Walent

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  • 10633 Westminster Blvd
  • #900
  • Westminster, Colorado
  • United States 80020
  • Building: Rock Bottom Brewery
  • Room Number: in the "Promenade Room"
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  • Co-sponsored by Lanbing Shan
  • Starts 30 July 2019 09:45 PM
  • Ends 13 August 2019 06:00 PM
  • All times are US/Mountain
  • No Admission Charge
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Andrew Gras

Andrew Gras


SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Presentation

With four competitions, hundreds of teams, thousands of participants, and millions of dollars invested, the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition seems like it’s here to stay. Elon Musk said during a Q&A session on July 21st, 2019, “Sure” when asked if the competition would happen again in 2020. Team Hyperlynx has been part of the competition since its inception and has devoted a lot of time and brainpower to understanding the Hyperloop as a potential future transportation system. This presentation will examine the Hyperloop as a transportation system, the efficacy of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition to spur development, and solutions that Team Hyperlynx, as well as other teams, have presented over the course of four competitions. Let's break a pod!


Andrew graduated from the University of Colorado Denver May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. His senior design project (which really started his junior year) was to build a pod to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. As the Electrical Lead for Team HyperLynx, Andrew was responsible for organizing the team, obtaining funding, and coordinating with University staff, faculty, and administration, in addition to directing the design, revision, testing, procurement, and manufacturing of the 2019 Pod. Following graduation, Andrew began working as an Associate Electrical Engineer at L3Harris in Colorado Springs. He is particularly interested in smallsats, stored energy systems, and electric vehicle technologies.


6:00 - 6:15 Registration and Appetizers

6:00 - 7:00 Dinner and Networking

7:00 - 8:30 Presentation

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