Dartmouth’s Formula Hybrid Wins Coveted Award

Recognized by ABET for Innovations in Engineering & Design Education

Formula Hybrid has been awarded one of the most coveted prizes in engineering education, the ABET Innovation Award.

Launched by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in 2007, the annual competition challenges teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students to collaboratively design and construct a fuel-efficient hybrid or an electric-only vehicle. Student teams work throughout the academic year to plan, design and build their cars before bringing them to the four-day competition in May at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Formula Hybrid will receive the award at the 2018 ABET Awards Gala in November.

More than 3,500 students from 80 colleges and universities (54 domestic and 26 international) have participated in Formula Hybrid since it began. For many students, Formula Hybrid is their first experience collaborating across disciplines, from computer science to mechanical and electrical engineering. As a result of the competition, a number of institutions have developed Formula-Hybrid specific curricula to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. The competition is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series and is regarded as one of its most complex and dynamic.

As they compete in aspects of vehicle design, acceleration, handling, energy efficiency and endurance, teams demonstrate their creativity and engineering skills.  Each year more than 100 volunteers, including engineering professionals from sponsors such as Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, LG Chem, BAE Systems, IEEE, SAE International and Toyota, support the students as mentors and judges. After watching students in action, many of the sponsors go on to offer internships and jobs to Formula Hybrid participants.

Dartmouth’s Formula Hybrid Competition was selected “because of its broad and sustained impact in innovative energy-efficient design experiences that enhance the 21st century skills of students in ABET-accredited programs,” said Steven Cramer, PhD., PE, Chair of the ABET Innovation Award Subcommittee and Vice-Provost for Teaching and Learning and Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“We’re thrilled that Formula Hybrid has been recognized for its inventive and effective approach to educating students beyond the classroom,” said Douglas Fraser, Founding Director of the Formula Hybrid Competition and Senior Research Engineer for Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. “We are also thrilled that so many students commit so much time to the competition, because it means they’re engaged and learning skills they’ll use for a lifetime.”

Formula Hybrid Infographic: Why Engineers Win at Formula Hybrid

Dartmouth & Georgia Tech Take First Place at Formula Hybrid Competition

For the first time in 12 years of competition, Dartmouth Formula Racing (DFR) completed all events at Formula Hybrid including being the only car this year to finish all 44 laps of the Endurance Event. DFR also took first in the hybrid category for Engineering Design, Acceleration, and Autocross. The HyTech Racing team from Georgia Tech secured a first place finish in the electric category with high scores in Project Management, Design, and the Endurance Event.

Held from April 30–May 3 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, the competition drew 23 teams from across the US, as well as Canada, India and Turkey. During those four days, the undergraduate and graduate engineering student teams, along with the high-performance hybrid and electric race cars they built, endured all kinds of weather—wintery cold, spring rain, summer heat, and even a few thunderstorms.

Founded and run by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and similar to Formula SAE®, Formula Hybrid requires teams to adhere to strict safety standards but leaves them free to innovate on everything from the car’s frame to its powertrain.

With their car weighing in at 672 pounds—almost 200 pounds lighter than last year—DFR drivers Leina McDermott ’19 and Allie Stasior ’20 logged 75 meter acceleration runs ranging from 6.5 to 5.1 seconds. “For perspective,” said Raina White, Thayer Lab Instructor and DFR team advisor, “a few production cars warmed up the track with acceleration times of 4.7 for a Tesla and 5.2 for a Bolt.” Princeton, with an all electric vehicle, logged the fastest Acceleration Event time at 4.9 seconds.

“Although not as fun to watch, but more exciting in my opinion,” added White, “is that Dartmouth placed first in the design event, where industry experts evaluate the quality of their engineering work. Students are asked questions regarding their design decision making, supporting analysis and validation, and general understanding of the vehicle behaviors.”

For many of the students, getting to see the cars they’ve built on the racetrack is only a small part of the Formula Hybrid experience.

“The thing that’s really cool to me, that I wouldn’t have expected, is the willingness of all the teams to help each other out,” said Max Schwegman, a Princeton senior. “It’s a lot more of a ‘we’re all in this together’ atmosphere than I would have thought. The amount of camaraderie here is pretty remarkable.”

In addition to getting a unique teamwork and hands-on learning experience, students can also find themselves landing a job. Top automotive companies sponsor the competition and many send recruiters.

Formula Hybrid challenges students to hone skills they will need in the real world, says Mike Chapman ’76 Th’77, a senior program manager at Intralinks in Waltham, Mass. Chapman served as a judge for the Project Management event, which requires students to present a project plan, including scope, goals, and change management plans. “It’s the real thing,” said Chapman. “I do program management for a living and this is the stuff we do every day, so after they leave here, these students can at least say they’re familiar with it.”

“[Formula Hybrid]’s not only job skills and personal skills, but it’s also seeing it all put together,” said George Spearing, a first-year student at UVM. “It’s so much different than seeing it as a model on a computer. Everything you worked on is all together and working in front of you. It’s a beautiful experience. Seeing the application of so much that I’m learning in automotive, it’s actually solidified this as as a potential direction I want to go. There are so many different opportunities and fields, and then, wow, here’s a race car. I didn’t think of this as a direction to pursue before.”

 

2018 OFFICIAL RESULTS

(Scores and times available here.)

Hybrid Category Top Six

  1. Dartmouth (Dartmouth Formula Racing)
  2. RV College of Engineering (Ashwa Racing)
  3. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz)
  4. Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)
  5. University of Victoria (UVic Hybrid)
  6. Lawrence Technological University (Blue Devil Motorsports)

Electric-Only Category Top Six

  1. Georgia Tech (HyTech Racing)
  2. Princeton University (Princeton Racing Electric)
  3. University of Vermont (UVM AERO)
  4. Lafayette College (Lafayette Motorsports)
  5. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Motorsports)
  6. Tufts University (Tufts Electric Racing)

2018 SPONSORED AWARDS

Test Equity / Keysight Technologies  Hit The Ground Running Prize

  • First Place: University of Vermont (UVM AERO)
  • Second Place: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz)

General Motors Spirit of Formula Hybrid Award (Trophy & $1,000.00)

General Motors Best Engineered Propulsion System Award (Trophy & $1,000.00)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Innovation Award ($1,000.00)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Industrial Design Award ($1,000.00)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Gracious Professionalism Award ($1,000.00)

  • Lafayette College (Lafayette Motorsports)

IEEE Engineering the Future Award (Trophy)

IEEE Excellence in EV Engineering Award (Trophy)

2018 Competition Photos & Videos

Formula Hybrid 2018

Milwaukee School of Engineering Named Hybrid Champs at Dartmouth Competition

Rochester Institute of Technology’s all-Female Team Wins Best Electric Car

Competition champs on the endurance run: MSOE (top) and RIT (bottom). See full album on Flickr.

For the first time in its 11-year history, a student-built hybrid car completed the entire 44-lap endurance run at the international Formula Hybrid Competition. That same car was also the fastest ever, making its builders, “Mozee Motorsports” from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), not only record-breakers, but competition champions.

In another first at the Dartmouth-run competition, the top electric vehicle award went to a team of all-female engineers. Hailing from the Rochester Institute of Technology, the 50-member “RIT Hot Wheelz Formula SAE Electric” team took top honors in the electric vehicle category after spending the last 10 months building their powerful orange car, and passing numerous inspections and track runs with flying colors at last week’s competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

So, how did MSOE manage to break two records?

“Lots of hard work, perseverance, and teamwork. And properly managing our limited resources,” the team responded in a tweet. Not to mention that — as a prime example of the atmosphere of camaraderie — when it came down to the wire, and their axle broke, the competing team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute lent them a replacement.

Taking second and third places in the hybrid category were two teams from India, Ashwa Racing from RV College of Engineering in Bangalore and Hybrutos Racing from SRM University in Chennai. To ensure the safe arrival of their vehicles in time for the competition, the Indian teams had to finish their vehicle construction much earlier. Ashwa Racing shipped its hybrid car the first week of March to get it to New Hampshire in time for this month’s competition. “Gendry (Game of Thrones) helped in shipping. Took the whole of season 6,” the team joked.

Teams from India: RV College (l) and SRM University (r). See full album on Flickr.

Nineteen teams from across the US, Canada and India competed in the four-day event, from May 1 – 4, bringing with them 250 engineering students who committed thousands of hours to building highly sophisticated vehicles. Many other team members cheered from their home campuses.

Similar to the Formula SAE® competition, students compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling, and endurance of their vehicle while abiding by rules that minimize risk and preserve students’ freedom to innovate. This is the only competition of its type in the world with both hybrid and electric categories.

“One of the great learning outcomes of this competition is that complex machines fail in complex ways,” said Douglas Van Citters, Chief Mechanical Technical Inspector for Formula Hybrid, and assistant professor of engineering at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, which both founded and runs the event. “Even better, however, is that the students rise to the occasion and not only help members of their own team, but they reach across the bays to help each other ‘get on track.’  It is a tremendous exhibition of problem solving, sportsmanship, and shared experiences that few of these students will ever forget.”

2017 OFFICIAL RESULTS

First place teams MSOE (top) and RIT (bottom). See full album on Flickr.

Hybrid Category | 1st – 6th place trophies

  1. Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)
  2. RV College of Engineering (Ashwa Racing)
  3. SRM University (Hybrutos Racing)
  4. Dartmouth College (Dartmouth Formula Racing)
  5. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor  (Michigan Hybrid Racing)
  6. Lawrence Technological University (Blue Devil Motorsports)

Electric-Only Category | 1st – 6th place trophies

  1. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz)
  2. Princeton University (Princeton Racing Electric)
  3. University of Vermont (UVM AERO)
  4. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Motorsports)
  5. Tufts University (Tufts Racing)
  6. Georgia Tech (HyTech Racing)

2017 SPONSORED AWARDS

  • General Motors Spirit of Formula Hybrid Award (Trophy & $2,500.00)
    SRM University (Hybrutos Racing)
  • General Motors Best Engineered Propulsion System Award (Trophy & $2,500.00)
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Michigan Hybrid Racing)
  • FCA Innovation Award ($1,000.00)
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Michigan Hybrid Racing)
  • FCA Industrial Design Award ($1,000.00)
    Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)
  • FCA Gracious Professionalism Award ($1,000.00)
    Amrita Institute of Technology & Science (Formula Hybrid Agraganya)
  • IEEE Engineering the Future Award (Trophy)
    Milwaukee School of Engineering (Mozee Motorsports)
  • IEEE Excellence in EV Engineering Award (Trophy)
    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Hot Wheelz)

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. Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth founded Formula Hybrid in 2006 and continues to organize and host the competition each year. Follow @Formula_Hybrid for results and plans for 2018.

Sponsors

Competition sponsors include SAE International, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)New Hampshire Motor SpeedwaySports Car Club of AmericaLG Chem Power, Harman Inspired, BAE Systems, Synchronoss, FordGeneral MotorsFiat 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.

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Preliminary Results

Hybrid Category

Electric-Only Category

Slideshow

The top six high-scoring teams in both hybrid and electric-only categories for Formula Hybrid 2017 …

FH 2017 Top Six

Middle and High School Students Join Top Engineering Students for Formula Hybrid School Day

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 School Day 2016

Formula Hybrid School Day 2016

“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.

Sponsors

Competition sponsors include the SAE International, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)New Hampshire Motor SpeedwaySports Car Club of AmericaLG Chem Power, Harman Inspired, BAE Systems, Synchronoss, FordGeneral MotorsFiat 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.