Engineering Students Flock To Jackson, Michigan for the 2017 Formula SAE Races

Students Apply Engineering Knowledge to Competition

Posted on 05/10/2017 | by The Orbitform Blog Team


Driving into Orbitform this morning I saw exciting sights. A steady stream of trucks hauling race-car trailers decorated with college and university colors heading south down US-127 on their way to the race track.

You see, this week is Formula SAE week at Michigan International Speedway near Jackson, Michigan.


Just this morning I saw the purple trailer for Kansas State University's FSAE team, the white trailer for the University of Western Ontario, and the black and gold trailer from my alma mater's Formula SAE raceing team, Oakland University!


If you don't know what Formula SAE is...


From the Formula SAE website: The SAE International Formula SAE program is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. The competition provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying learned classroom theories in a challenging competition. The engineering design goal for teams is to develop and construct a single-seat race car for the non-professional weekend autocross racer with the best overall package of design, construction, performance and cost.


There is no better place to be the next few days if you are looking to meet the future mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, automotive designers, race team leaders, engine designers, braking system designers, etc. They are all here at Michigan International Speedway getting their race cars tuned and testing their design presentations against the best college auto racing teams in the world.


Orbitform has sponsored Formula SAE race teams, several Orbitform engineers and other employees are former Formula SAE team members from their colleges days, we have hired engineering interns we have met at Formula SAE races, and we are open to meeting current Formula SAE team leaders who want to talk about joining the team at Orbitform.


Good luck this week. Race hard. Stay safe!