Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meet the Car Makers! Thurs. April 4 at 2:30

Update... Stop by the Walker Library atrium on Thursday afternoon and hear from the students who built this car! 

We know parking on campus is crazy but... what is that car in the atrium? 

The Walker Library is partnering with the Department of Engineering Technology’s Experimental Vehicle Program (EVP) and displaying one of the student researched, designed, and built cars. The “Formula SAE” is a single seat track racing vehicle for a nonprofessional, weekend enthusiast. The EVP provides a student driven, interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experience that is open to all students attending MTSU. The students say that the Library is an integral part of their research while developing these vehicles and they wanted to show them off in the Library.  

The car will be on display through Scholar’s Week (April 1-5) then will move out on April 11. 

Initiated in 2004 EVP is composed of four project teams, Baja SAE, Formula SAE, Moonbuggy NASA, and Solarboat ASME, which are designed, crafted, and led by students. Each project is tasked with development, research, design, fabrication, safety considerations, business, marketing, accounting, and leadership involved in prototype vehicle design in accordance to the rules provided by each oversight organization. 

All members are provided the opportunity to learn every aspect of product design. The MTSU EVP teams fabricate in-house 80-90% of vehicle components including vehicle frame and space-age carbon fiber composites. EVP membership allows students to develop or enhance technical skills and develop soft skills within the context of an educational atmosphere which provides students with an excellent opportunity to build their résumé while still in school.

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