Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Sarah Harding


The purpose of this project was to design, build, and test a Sit Ski for the US Adaptive Ski Team. The design is for Mr. Marlon Shepard, a new competitor on the Ski Team, who is in need of a new racing sit ski. Some of the top design priorities include reduced weight, increased rider comfort, and increased durability over existing designs. With these design considerations in mind, our team from Cal Poly designed, built and tested a cross country sit ski in June 2010 at the mechanical engineering senior project expo. The project was sponsored by a National Science Foundation grant written by Dr. Brian Self of the Mechanical Engineering Dept. and Dr. Kevin Taylor of the Kinesiology Dept. at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. We also worked closely with Mr. Jon Kreamelmeyer, the Developmental Coach of the US Adaptive Ski Team to determine the needs and goals of the project.