Lynx Motorsports FSAE receives Gene Haas Foundation grant

IMG_1035A team of mechanical engineering students received a grant from the Gene Haas Foundation for support of their senior design project, Lynx Motorsports Formula SAE. The team plans to compete this June in Lincoln, NE. They were presented with a check on January 26.

The Lynx Motorsports Formula SAE Team applied for a non-profit organization grant from the Foundation and then followed up via email with information about the team and the motorsports program at CU Denver. Gene Haas is no stranger to motorsports, as the Haas F1 team is set to debut in the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2016.

The team is very grateful for the support and genuine interest shown in our team by the Gene Haas Foundation, and the encouragement we received from Mark Smith, VP and GM of Moncktons Machine Tools (A Haas Automation Company), who presented the team with the check.

Haas Automation, founded in 1983, is the largest manufacturer of CNC machine tools in America, such as the Haas TM 2P housed in the 5th Street Hub. The Gene Haas foundation has awarded grants to many educational institutions, programs, and non-profit organizations over the past 17 years. The foundation is committed to the importance of U.S. manufacturing and manufacturing education.

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June 6 – 9: ME students competing at Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge

Baja TeamA team of mechanical engineering students traveled to New York this week with their senior design project, Lynx Motorsports Baja Racer, to compete in the Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge 2013.

The competition is hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and runs from June 6 through June 9.

The car, which was designed and built by the team of students based on guidelines and specifications for this specific competition, is engineered to navigate obstacles and complete different technical feats.

The judging of the competition has several categories of varying weights. The first is the design report and the second is the cost report; 85 points are available for these two categories. The next events are dynamics events for the vehicle—acceleration, hill climb, maneuverability and endurance—and total 700 possible points. The vehicle has been designed knowing the hardest and most heavily weighted section of the competition is the endurance race.  Less than 50 percent of the entering vehicles will complete this race, as it is very demanding and hard on the car.

Team members include Hussain Alabdulmohsin, Jeff Blum, Thomas Caranese, Joseph Gardner, Byron Gray, Jon Le, Sean McDonough, Raymond Packingham and Fraser Sanderson. They are hopeful for a top-ten finish against more than 120 teams from all around the world.

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Good luck!