Formula Car Finishes Strong

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio-Cedarville University’s engineering students continue to climb rankings in many national and international competitions, attesting to the University’s world-class engineering program.

    Twelve Cedarville engineering seniors recently competed in the Formula Society of Automobile Engineers Competition on the Michigan International Speedway. Cedarville far surpassed its previous records, outpacing several prominent schools like Purdue, University of Michigan, Georgia Tech and MIT.

    The Formula SAE Competition, held May 14-18, offered students the chance to put classroom training into action by designing, building, and testing the performance of a real vehicle in a competitive environment. This year, 120 teams competed from 15 countries.

    “Recruiters express great interest in these students,” says Jay Kinsinger, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and advisor for the Jackets Racing Formula SAE team. “This experience creates the exact kind of employee they want because students learn how to put into practice what they have studied in the classroom, they learn to work well as a team and they gain the determination to finish well.”

    The Cedarville Jackets Racing team has been competing in the Formula SAE Competition for four years, but 2008 is the first time the team has completed all eight events. Cedarville placed 37 and was awarded a Lincoln welder and a certificate of completion for finishing all of the events.

    The department’s success demonstrates Cedarville’s engineering program strength among the elite in the country, equipping students to succeed beyond the academic realm.

    Cedarville’s engineering faculty look to the future with optimism. “I think we have the ability to place in the top 10 teams at some point in the next few years,” says Kinsinger.