Cornell Hyperloop Team Revolutionizing Transportation

Cornell Hyperloop is an engineering student project team that designs and builds a hyperloop pod, a novel form of transportation in which pods are sent through vacuum-sealed tubes at hundreds of miles per hour. This year, the Cornell Hyperloop team will return for a second time to the Hyperloop Global international competition in Canada.

First envisioned by Elon Musk in 2013 to create an efficient alternative to current methods of transportation, Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system that used “pods or capsules” to transport people or goods through low pressure tubes.



Last week I was fortunate to speak with business lead Jonathan Chen, Business lead, Nikita Dolgopolov, Mechanical lead and Mark Edwards, Magnetics lead for the team.  Using SOLIDWORKS, the team explained the projects they are working on this year as they set out to build a miniature hyperloop system based on electromagnetic technology.



This team is project focused.  Cornell Hyperloop’s team of 50 engineers, physicists, and computer scientists have broken down complex projects into subsystems.


As a former engineering professor that taught engineering physics, I was truly impressed with the innovation and dedication of this team that works totally outside of class time to design a new carbon fiber shell, cooling system and vertical guidance system.

You too can support the Cornell Hyperloop team and help them reach their goals.

Thank you Jonathan for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community.

Any student team that competes in a regional, national or international competition can apply for SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE sponsorship at


Design well.  Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard