Friday, September 18, 2009

Finding Girls Through Technology

Mike Yankaskas (right) talks about the competition submarine^

Mike Yankaskas discovered a year or so ago that science and technology will land girls when nothing else works. "I met my girlfriend at a race," says the Virginia Tech student, who was showing off his human-powered submarine at the NCTC Demo Day & Tech Expo at the Roanoke Civic Center.

Yankaskas, whose father is a judge in the complex races these submarines compete in and Mike's new girlfirend's father is a Navy diver who swims along for safety.

The submarine is, in effect, an enclosed scuba outfit that operates full of water. The diver has a scuba tank, peddals and a plane. Mike says, however, he doesn't use the plane for going up and down because "I just breathe deep to go up and let it out to go down." Ah, nature.

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