Wednesday, May 4, 7:00am - 8:00am
100 Nedderman Hall, UT Arlington campus


UTA FSAE - Combustion and Electric

Bob Woods, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington

Formula SAE, the international program for student-designed, constructed and driven racecars, has been conducted for almost 40 years. Since the beginning, UT Arlington's racing teams have been one of the most recognized and admired, capturing several first-place titles in competitions in the U.S., plus wins in the U.K., Australia and Japan. Also during that time, combustion engines powered most cars; now, some feature hybrid and totally electric power. This summer, the UTA racing team will participate with traditional (four-cylinder combustion engine) and electric (four in-wheel motors, lithium ion batteries, and full computer control) cars in competitions in the U.S. and Germany.

In this presentation, Dr. Woods describes features of both types of racing cars (which will be on display) and how students benefit from participating in the program. Racing team members Zach Taulbee and Audrey Porter will answer audience questions.

Bob Woods received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from SMU and master's and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University. He had experience in research in Washington, D.C. before joining UTA, where he has been the racing team's faculty advisor since its inception in 1978. Professor Woods was instrumental in the formulation of Formula SAE rules and regulations. He is a three-time recipient of the Formula SAE Faculty Advisor Award and was the first recipient of the Sports Car Club of America's Carroll Smith Mentor's Cup Award.

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