Every year, engineering students from universities all over the world participate in Formula SAE® from SAE International to design, build, and test a prototype based on a series of rules. This student design competition is based upon the premise that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small formula-style race car. Afterward, the prototype is evaluated for its production potential.
Formula SAE is a great event that promotes excellence in engineering; many well-known manufacturers and suppliers sponsor the series. It takes students out of the classroom and allows them to apply textbook theories to a real-world project, all the while learning more about career opportunities available in the engineering domain. The competition has grown and expanded to many states and countries, with the largest and longest-running instance of the event occurring at the Michigan International Speedway.
Altair has been a proud silver sponsor and exhibitor at the Formula SAE for over 10 years! Altair’s sponsorship offers free HyperWorks® licenses to all Formula SAE teams, as well as financial rewards that recognize innovative design contributions to Formula SAE racing.
This year, the competition was held from May 14 to May 17. More than a hundred university teams attended the event, and Altair was the most popular booth! Chayan Basak, Girish Mudigonda, and David Klien, Altair Fellow at the University of Michigan all attended the event on behalf of Altair. Over 150 students visited the Altair booth.
For over 14 years, Altair has sponsored the William R. Adam Engineering Excellence Award for innovative design at Formula SAE. This year, Girish, David, and Chayan spoke to the teams during the first two days of the event about the award. In the end, 20 teams submitted their applications for consideration.
The second prize winner for this year’s William R. Adam Engineering Excellence Award goes to…
Cornell University! Their design of an internal dry sump oil pump integrates the external scavenge pump with the internal stock high-pressure pump. Congratulations!
The first prize winner for this year’s William R. Adam Engineering Excellence Award goes to…
Lafayette College! Lafayette College won for its innovative shifter design. The team was organized by Scott Hummel, PhD, Director of Lafayette Engineering and Formula SAE Advisor. Congratulations!
Formula SAE was another great success this year, and we look forward to even more exciting achievements in 2015!