Florida Tech Formula Electric is a team established and run by students with a goal to develop a multi-disciplinary racing program at Florida Tech consisting of partnerships between SAE, IEEE, and the sustainability effort on campus. These partnerships help to prepare the next generation of industry leaders by providing students with oppurtunities to design, fabricate, and test a real world product. All of this is done while helping to promote and research the world sustainability effort.
In order to handle the broad scope of this build, a mixture of mechanical, aerospace, electrical, and computer engineering students have come together to form a team. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students handle the design, construction, and structural analysis, while the Electrical Engineering students focus on power delivery and instrumentation. The Computer Engineering students program all the different controllers and interfaces as well as log sensor data for troubleshooting.
Florida Tech Attends FSAE in Michigan
SAE Racing program put on hold
Electric vehicle team is independently established
An all electric vehicle developed by Florida Tech takes top honors at the newly established hybrid competition
Electric team loses funding
Focus Shifts to Internal Combustion
Racing program faces closure
Racing program is revived
Electric Team is re-established
SAE Competition in Lincon Nebraska
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is a U.S.-based, globally active professional association and standards developing organization for engineering professionals in various industries. Principal emphasis is placed on transport industries such as automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicles. SAE International has more than 127,000 members globally. Membership is granted to individuals, not through companies. Aside from its standardization efforts, SAE International also devotes resources to projects and programs in STEM education, professional certification, and collegiate design competitions.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE serves technical professionals and students who are looking to both foster working relationships and gain access to the latest technical research and knowledge. Being a part of this huge organization gives members a huge advantage in their careers. The vast IEEE network provides access to excellent guest speakers and allows access to valuable workshops that are not available outside this network.
In 2012, SAE International announced a new addition to their Formula SAE Competition series: Formula SAE Electric. In this competition, student design teams must design, build and race a small formula-style race car for a fictional manufacturing company. Each teams final design will compete in a series of events and be evaluated for its potential as a production item. For the electric competition, entries must utilize a fully-electric powertrain with a maximum power output of 80 kW.
The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving.
The goal of the Baja Design team is to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain, and in some occasions even water. The Baja SAE Design Competition simulates real-world engineering design projects along with the challenges engineers may face when working on such projects. It will require the application of a variety of engineering principles, and allows students to apply their education to a hands-on project.
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