Formula SAE International Design Competition
Provides Hands-On Experience
|Rose-Hulman Grand Prix Team introduces celebrated
physicist Michio Kaku to their competition car.
"RoseGPE students' passion for
motorsports drives them to a deeper and more
practical understanding of what they learn in the engineering
classroom. Students try out their ideas-some successful and some
failures-learning from them along the way. They refine their
thinking and sharpen their engineering acumen. They wrestle with
budget and time constraints while squeezing out every ounce of
performance from their car. These students are fast starters in
industry, because they already understand these business pressures
and how to navigate through them successfully."
--Patrick Cunningham, assistant professor of mechanical
engineering and RoseGPE team advisor
In their first year of competition, RoseGPE placed a respectable
55th out of 105 competing teams at Formula SAE Michigan.
They competed in all the events and placed ahead of several
established teams from well-known institutions. Most first-year
teams do not make it into all of the events. Now in their second
year RoseGPE is putting their lessons learned into practice with
their sights on the top teams in the field.
Design, build, and test a prototype a small open-wheeled
Formula-style race car each year, from scratch, under the
constraints of competition rules, safety, budget, and time.
To provide students a comprehensive engineering experience
within the excitement of motorsports. Operating under the
constraints of limited time and a finite budget, students become
more capable engineers who are able to marry their technical
knowledge to engineering practice.
||Dr. Patrick Cunningham
Assistant Prof. ME
Rose-Hulman Inst. Of Tech.
5500 Wabash Ave CM 188
Terre Haute, IN 47803
- Competed and placed well against established teams in all
events at the Formula SAE Michigan competition
- RoseGPE alumni are working in NASCAR, major automotive
manufacturers, and automotive suppliers
"Formula SAE is more than just a club or a
competition; it is a challenge to use your skills
and abilities to build the best vehicle possible. This creates a
competitive environment where hard work and creativity allow dreams
to become reality."
-Jay Kautz, mechanical engineering student and RoseGPE team
Visit the team
website of Rose-Hulman's Grand Prix team.