Cooper Union Hyperloop

AdvisorsWebsite | Goals

Issues Involved or Addressed | Subteams | Methods & Technologies 

Majors Looking for on this Team | Preferred Interests, Preparation, Skills 

Team Contact Information

Advisors (and respective Department)

Dirk Martin Luchtenburg (ME)

Philip Yecko (PE)



The Hyperloop VIP section aims to participate in an international Hyperloop related design competition that requires teams to design, build and test hyperloop related technology.

  • Hyperloop is a vehicle that travels through a vacuum tube which allows the vehicle to move at high speeds.
  • The design competitions require teams to bring their vehicle to a test track and perform a full speed run down the track.
  • Previous competition goals were to make the fastest vehicle, but there is no guarantee that will be the goal each year.
  • Teams are judged based off of an in-depth rubric based off of design, innovation, feasibility and a few other parameters.

Issues Involved or Addressed

  • High speed travel
  • Reduced emissions
  • Transportation
  • Electronics
  • Mechanical design
  • Coding
  • Simulations
  • Team management
  • Long term planning
  • Purchasing
  • Manufacturing
  • CAD design
  • Sponsorship and outreach


  • Suspension
  • Communication and controls systems
  • Brakes
  • Sponsorship
  • Propulsion and Power handling

Methods & Technologies

Onshape, Solidworks, FEA, C, C++, Python, Circuitry, Dynamics, Vibrational Analysis, PCB creation, Machine shop

Majors Looking for on this Team

All majors welcome (engineering and non-engineering).

Preferred Interests, Preparation, Skills

  1. Interest in transportation
  2. Willingness to learn
  3. Basic CAD experience

Team Contact information

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.