Less Weight = GO FAST

On November 7th 2019 The SAWE San Diego Chapter partnered with San Diego State University’s Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team Aztec Racing to host an university outreach event. SAWE San Diego President Brian Wang gave a presentation on an overview of mass properties engineering and the SAWE while students were treated to pizza and refreshments provided by the chapter. The event was a huge success and was received well by a packed room of enthusiastic engineers that are pursuing degrees ranging from mechanical, aerospace, electrical, biomedical, and many more! After the presentation a Q&A session was held where students and chapter members were heavily engaged discussing topics ranging from career experience to how can Aztec Racing be more weight conscience in their 2020 design. Following, SAWE San Diego presented Aztec Racing with a hard copy of The SAWE Weight Engineers Handbook to add to their library and also encouraged students to join SAWE to receive the many benefits provided for free! Finally a generous tour of Aztec Racing’s garage shop was conducted by President Dani Phan and Chief Engineer Austin Hoang. Many questions were asked from how can the team validate the 2020 car’s weight, CG and inertia while chapter members were able to discuss possible solutions. The SAWE San Diego Chapter is currently in discussions on formally supporting Aztec Racing in an advisory role.

Aztec Racing Formula SAE Team is a 501(c)3 non-profit student-run organization at San Diego State University.  Formula SAE is an international collegiate design competition focused on a student designed and manufactured open wheel race car. Every year the team is tasked with raising funds to design, build, test, and compete nationally against competing collegiate teams.

From Left: Aztec Racing Chief Engineer: Austin Hoang, SAWE San Diego Member: Tracy Strand, SAWE San Diego VP: Buda Kasthuri, SAWE San Diego Treasure: Alan Perez, SAWE San Diego President: Brian Wang, SAWE San Diego Director: Jared Turnak, SAWE San Diego Member: Doug Fisher, Aztec Racing President: Dani Phan

One thought on “Less Weight = GO FAST”

  1. Nice write-up Brian, thank you. I thought the event was a great success – and great fun! The students demonstrated real enthusiasm for the topic because they saw a real application – the impact of mass properties on their racing cars. In my opinion demonstrating this real world connection – “what’s in it for me?” – is key to successful outreach.

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