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Formula SAE International Design Competition Provides Hands-On Experience

Kaku Meets Grand Prix

RoseGPE introduces 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.

The Challenge

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.

The Goal

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.

Our Success

  • 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 member

Team Mentors

Cunningham Dr. Patrick Cunningham
Assistant Prof. ME

Rose-Hulman Inst. Of Tech.
5500 Wabash Ave CM 188
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Cunningham Dr. Daniel Kawano
Assistant Prof. ME

Rose-Hulman Inst. Of Tech.
5500 Wabash Ave CM 4055
Terre Haute, IN 47803