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I serve as the faculty advisor to the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) student project, a WMU registered student organization (RSO). 

FSAE is part of the collegiate design series sanctioned by SAE International. The idea behind the project is that students are a design team contracted by a manufacturing company to develop a small, Formula-style race car. A lot of creativity is allowed, but students also have to comply with a set design and cost rules which are defined by SAE every year. Students enter the vehicle in a series of competitions, the biggest of which is the Michigan International Speedway event in Brooklyn, MI. At competition, students are tested by a panel of judges from industry not only on the dynamic performance of the vehicle, but also on design, business and cost presentations.

This is a challenging and rewarding extracurricular project, and a great one for students to get involved in. It provides a unique opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classrom and also to develop substantial new technical knowledge on their own. It also gives them an opportunity to develop their leadership, interpersonal and time management skills.


Awards

2013 Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award (Michael Nienhuis)

1st Place at Student Exhibit Competition, SAE World Congress ( 2012)

3rd Place at Student Exhibit Competition, SAE World Congress (2011)

2nd Place at Student Exhibit Competition, SAE World Congress (2010)


SAE/Honeywell 2009 Outstanding Collegiate Branch Award.

1st Place at Student Exhibit Competition, SAE World Congress (2009)
 
1st Place at Student Exhibit Competition, SAE World Congress (2008)

Students who engage in projects like Formula SAE enrich their collegiate experience and contribute to WMU's international presence. We thank all sponsors and alumni for their continued support.
To make a gift to the FSAE team please visit mywmu.com