What is Formula SAE?
We design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racecars against other colleges from around the world. The FSAE set of rules is in place to test our engineering skills and creativity. During the competition the vehicles are judged in four different categories: static inspection, engineering design, solo performance trials, and high-performance track endurance. We compete in the Formula SAE Lincoln competition in June each year in Lincoln, NE.
If I join, what will I be able to contribute?
The answer to this question is entirely up to you. While mechanical experience is desirable, it is not at all required. This club is built on the philosophy that engineering is more than theoretical knowledge. It is the application of theory that determines the validity of any design. As such, our goal is to learn the practical aspects of engineering through real-life experience. What you bring with you will be added to the total pack
age of knowledge that is held by the team. Others on the team will bolster what you lack in knowledge. In this way we seek to provide an environment for all that are interested to pursue individual interests within a supportive environment of learning. If you want to learn the art of welding we will help you in that. If you want to learn to machine metal parts using mills, lathes, and other machining equipment we can facilitate that. If you want to experiment with composites we can provide some guidance for you. With this competition we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn while designing and building a real racecar. Above all, this is a learning experience. We feel that what is most important is that you are willing to bring a positive, inquisitive, and disciplined mind to the task at hand. Effort is a highly prized commodity in this quest for performance.
What will I gain from this experience?
When was the last time you worked on a real racecar? This is not a video game. This is not Gran Turismo. This is much more fun. You can taste the bugs in your teeth. However, this is not all you will get out of this program. The competition is sponsored by many of the large automotive industry giants, including General Motors, Ford, Daimler-Chrysler, Bosch and Goodyear. What this means for your future is that you will have the ability to develop relationships with those already in the industry. This competition is well known within the automotive industry and will significantly improve your marketability after college. One warning: if padding your resume is your only interest in being involved, you will probably be disappointed. This quickly becomes a labor of love or a burden of hate. Which of these two options you experience has everything to do with you. Do you like working on racecars, or just talking about them? This is a club for those that like to get their hands dirty. If you want to work hard and learn a lot, come join us!