WARRENDALE, Pa. (PRWEB) May 17, 2013
SAE International hosted the Formula SAE Michigan competition on May 8-11. The competition takes college undergraduate and graduate students out of the classroom and encourages them to apply textbook theories to real engineering processes.
Over 120 student teams from ten countries converged on the famed Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan for the Formula SAE event.
The Formula SAE competition is organized around the concept that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. Student teams design, build and test a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote problem solving.
“It was inspiring to see the innovation and enthusiasm of the collegiate engineering students who will soon enter the workforce,” said Lori Gatmaitan, Director, SAE Foundation. “Formula SAE competitions display the talent and competitiveness in the future of our industry. It’s promising to see an event like this as an example of the education the students receive both in the classroom and from SAE Foundation STEM programming.”
“The Formula SAE event provides students with a unique form of competition in addition to learning,” said Don Hillebrand, President, SAE International. “Engineering students are challenged to put their engineering, problem-solving and team-work skills to the test in a series of competitions. Students leave Formula SAE with a tangible understanding of engineering, regardless of how they placed in the competition.”
The competition’s results are as follows:
SAE Spirit of Excellence Awards – presented to Top 10 Overall Finishers
Engineering Design Award Sponsored by Bosch – presented to Top 3 teams in Design
Endurance Award Sponsored by Ford – presented to Top 3 finishers in Endurance
Fuel Efficiency Award Sponsored by Ford – presented to Top 3 teams scored highest in Fuel Efficiency use during Endurance
SAE Autocross Awards – presented to Top 3 finishers in Autocross
SAE Skid Pad Award – presented to Top 3 finishers in Skid Pad
SAE Acceleration Award – presented to Top 3 finishers in Acceleration
SAE Presentation Event Award – presented to Top 3 teams in Presentation
SAE Cost Award – presented to Top 3 teams in Cost
FEV Powertrain Development Award – presented to Top 3 teams demonstrating Overall Excellence in Powertrain Development
Continental Brake Award – presented to the team recognized by Continental as “Best in Class Brake Design”
Altair Engineering “William R. Adams Engineering” Award – presented to two teams who had new and innovative design concepts for the FSAE competition
Three View Drawing Award – presented to teams who submitted best examples of three view drawings in required Design Report submissions
Push Bar Award – presented to team who designed best looking and functional push bar in the spirit of “having fun”
About the SAE Foundation
The SAE Foundation is the charitable arm of SAE International that strives to encourage and increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math through educational programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. SAE International is a global association of more than 133,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development.