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one competition | sustained career gains
Company: Capital Wraps
Job Title: Principle
Alma Mater: Dartmouth College
FH Team Name: Dartmouth Formula Racing
Team Position: Co-Captain
Taking the helm of the team helped me become a principle here at Capital Wraps.
Company:Hive Battery Labs Job Title:CEO, Co-Founder Alma Mater:Dartmouth College FH Team Name:Dartmouth Formula Racing Team Position:Captain
My Formula Hybrid team — at just six people — was small but mighty. Formula Hybrid was my first taste in the importance of talent, buy-in, and (only in retrospect) balance in building a team. I will always be chasing the incredible feeling of cooperation we had that year.
Company: Tesla Motors Job Title: Integration Engineer Alma Mater: University of Waterloo FH Team Name: Waterloo Hybrid Team Position: Team Lead
Formula Hybrid provided a more practical side for applying engineering skills throughout my 5 year co-op program. Being part of the team provided a strong foundation for learning to apply the skills learned in class to a real-world scenario. Many companies like to see this sort of practical experience in a new graduate, as it helps convey a sense of teamwork, leadership, and a strong ability to apply engineering skills.
Company: SpaceX Job Title:Avionics Engineer Alma Mater: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute FH Team Name: Rensselaer Formula Hybrid Team Position: Principal Team Lead
Formula Hybrid served as a medium through which to develop a deep understanding of the engineering process, while instilling a deep passion for technical design and a sharpened work ethic. The competition fills a critical gap left open by classroom curriculum in providing a complex, open-ended challenge that requires a level of self-guided discovery and project management which closely models that seen in industry. Years later, the abilities and tools that Formula Hybrid presented continue to find use in my work on a daily basis.
Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Title: Project Engineer Alma Mater: Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) FH Team Name: Raider Racing Team Position: Team Captain and Powertrain Sub-team Member
The leadership skills and technical knowledge of advanced powertrain systems that I obtained in Formula Hybrid played a large part in being hired for my current job, and in being successful in my role. I also work with a small professional race team in my spare time. Participating in a Formula project in college is somewhat of an unwritten prerequisite for working on a professional race team, so I was able to get my foot in the door faster.
Company: Eaton Title: Project Manager Alma Mater: Milwaukee School of Engineering FH Team Name: MSOE Formula Hybrid Team Position: Electrical Engineer
The two primary advantages that Formula Hybrid helped advance my career is leadership and teamwork experience. Leadership is a fundamental part of the project due to vigorous tasks and time schedule. Teamwork is the other incredible experience because of the collaboration with different types of engineers and the ability to work dynamically together.
Company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Title: PHEV Diagnostics Calibrator Alma Mater: University of Michigan 2014 FH Team Name: MHybrid Racing Team Position: Controls Algorithm Development
Formula Hybrid provided me with the opportunity to gain hands-on exposure to hybrid automotive technology, exposure that I would have been hard pressed to find elsewhere while in school. I was able to develop a working knowledge of hybrid controls concepts and calibration software used by engineers in industry before I graduated, which in my opinion gave my resume an edge. Taking this valuable experience to industry with me when I graduated, I had a great foundation of the skills to hit the ground running.
Company: Ford Motor Company Title: Steering Controls Engineer Alma Maters: Lawrence Technological University 13′ and Kalamazoo College 11′ FH Team Name: Blue Devil Motorsports Team Position: Suspension and Paint/Body Team Lead
The Formula Hybrid competition helped advance my career by providing me with a chance to hone my engineering, project management, and critical-thinking skills needed to excel in a professional environment. The structure of the competition allowed me to gain professional contacts within the automotive industry and also get valuable feedback from senior engineers. I believe the design, build, and validation stages I was exposed to during my 2.5 years of Formula Hybrid has given me a competitive advantage in advancing my career within the automotive industry.
Company: General Motors Title: Battery Data Analyst and Quality Lead Alma Maters: Dartmouth College FH Team Name: Dartmouth Formula Racing Team Position: Team Captain
Through Formula Hybrid, I learned invaluable skills of project management, teamwork, hybrid controls, complex systems, and electrical/mechanical fabrication. I learned how to motivate a team towards a common vision, foster an open and inviting atmosphere, and solidify my technical skills as an engineer. Formula Hybrid let me take all that I learned in my classes and actually execute it. Nothing is better than sitting behind the wheel of your finished product and ripping around the back of Thayer.
Company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Title: Powertrain Analysis Engineer Alma Mater: McMaster University FH Team Name: McMaster Formula Hybrid Team Position: Suspension Lead, Mechanical Co-Captain
Technically, Formula Hybrid exposed me to complex and future technologies emerging in the automotive industry. This exposure and having to learn these concepts independently is knowledge and an ability I use every day in the constantly evolving automotive industry. Interpersonally, the team dynamics associated with Formula Hybrid jump-started my development of the skills required to be part of a highly productive team.
Company: Stanford University Title: Master’s Student: Mechanical Engineering Alma Mater: Milwaukee School of Engineering FH Team Name: Mozee Motorsports Team Positions: Treasurer, Travel Officer, Chassis/Side pod team member
Formula Hybrid was probably the most enjoyable part of my undergraduate experience. Before I even enrolled in grad school, I researched similar design/build student teams at the universities that I was considering because I knew it was something that I wanted to continue with. When I got to Stanford, before my classes even started in the Fall, I joined the Stanford Solar Car team. I used my knowledge and skills from my involvement with MSOE’s FH team to jump right in and help design and build various components of the chassis, body, suspension, and battery subsystems. This Fall I will be attending a competition with the team in Australia, wish us luck!
Company: Stanley Black & Decker Title: Electrical Engineer and Product Designer Alma Mater: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute FH Team Name: RPI Formula Hybrid Team Position: Varied: Electrical Lead, Drivetrain Lead, Vice President, Electrical Supervisor
The Formula Hybrid Team project allowed me to apply what I learned in the classroom, demonstrating to me the relevance of what I was learning, and giving me valuable experience in how to apply what I’d learned. It also prompted me to study applicable subjects far beyond the normal curriculum. Employers have recognized the knowledge and experience I have gained, along with my dedication to the project, making Formula Hybrid a center point in any interview or hiring process. It has also put me in touch with many employment opportunities, including the opportunity that led to my current job.
Company: Bose Corporation Title: New Product Manager Alma Mater: Colby College, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth FH Team Name: Dartmouth Formula Racing (DFR) Team Position: Co-Captain, Mechanical Engineer on Drivetrain and Suspension Teams
One of the most important things I gained from Formula Hybrid was perspective. This was the only academic project I worked on where I was involved in, and had control over, the entire development cycle, from concept idea and vision refinement through research, testing, and ultimately integration and optimization. Coming right out of school into the role of a New Product Manager at Bose, having this framework and experience has made it much easier for me to spool up in my role as I manage research and development projects