Students see the challenges engineers in the automotive industry encounter while feeling the excitement.
Area middle and high school students are joining hundreds of the world’s top engineering students at Dartmouth’s one-of-a-kind Formula Hybrid Competition on Wednesday May 3 at 10:00am for Formula Hybrid School Day at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s a mini version of the competition experience during which students will get up close to hybrid and electric racecars; see the cars in action during the autocross and acceleration events; ask SAE International questions; and speak with corporate sponsors from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors and LG Chem Power about their companies and the vital roles engineers play in their businesses.
“Formula Hybrid is the only competition that requires the full cooperation of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and computer scientists in the planning and building of their cars,” said Douglas Fraser, director of Formula Hybrid and senior research engineer at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. “So the event is an amazing opportunity for students to experience first-hand the complex process of designing and building a working vehicle and to ask questions that may guide them in their college education and professional interests.”
Thayer School of Engineering founded and runs the event, which has inspired thousands of students over the past 11 years while drawing recruiters from some of the top automotive manufacturers in the country.
About Formula Hybrid
Like Formula SAE®, students compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling, and endurance of their vehicle and abide by a list of rules that minimize risk while preserving the students’ freedom to innovate. Formula Hybrid teams, however, are faced with the additional challenge of optimizing both energy efficiency and sustainability of materials used in their cars providing students with a uniquely challenging experiential learning opportunity.
Competition sponsors include the SAE International, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sports Car Club of America, LG Chem Power, Harman Inspired, BAE Systems, Synchronoss, Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Toyota. See full list of sponsors.
About Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth prepares leaders for a technology-driven world while solving pressing, real-world problems through research and entrepreneurship. Consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities for its commitment to teaching, Dartmouth is the first national research university to graduate a majority-female class of undergraduate engineers.