WMU engineers in the spotlight at Michigan International Auto Show

Western Michigan University engineering students were in the spotlight at the Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids recently displaying their Baja and Formula vehicles. The students were there as members of the Western Michigan Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), participating in the SAE International Collegiate Design Series.

WMU’s student-built Formula car was also featured in a news story on ABC affiliate WOTV4 and student Ramin Mirshab was interviewed for the piece seen on the fourth video on the page: Inside the Auto Show Charity Spectacular

The SAE International Collegiate Design Series is a competition open to college students all over the world. Teams from Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America compete every year to see who can design, build and drive the most innovative vehicles. The goal is to create a competitive environment for college students to apply their technical theories to real world problems. These competitions include: Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Aero Design Challenge, Baja Vehicle Challenge, Formula Vehicle Challenge, Formula Hybrid Challenge, Supermileage Challenge, and the Formula Electric Challenge.

About 20 students are involved in WMU’s Formula SAE and Baja SAE teams.

“We are very proud of the time and effort our students put toward these extracurricular automotive projects,” said Dr. Claudia Fajardo, advisor of the Formula SAE team.  “It is great to see WMU Engineering represented by these bright and dedicated students.”

Dr. Andrew Kline, Baja team advisor said, “The Baja team really enjoys showcasing their vehicle at this event. “It also gives students a great opportunity to network and see what else is going on in the automotive industry.”

In addition to WMU, participants at this year’s auto show included students from Hope College, Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University.