An SAE International newsletter for Sponsors, Faculty, and Students @ SJSU
It’s ALIVE! After more than thirteen months, thousands of hours, and countless sleepless nights our Formula SAE racecar, Spartan Racer 1, is ALIVE.
Our SAE International student chapter has entered the Formula SAE West competition and is now putting the power to the ground. The competition will be held at Auto Club Speedway at Fontana California from June 17 to 20. So with only six weeks until competition, you can bet that we will put SR1 to the test. These next few weeks will be spent testing, tuning, breaking, fixing, and testing to make sure we are ready for the competition. We will be competing against universities from around the world, including countries like Brazil, South Korea, Sweden, and India. Our team represents San Jose State University ‘s first FSAE team to compete since 1992. As a first year team, we are in contention to receive the Rookie of the Year Award, but only time will tell. For the most up to date information please visit: www.spartanracing .net
Baja Time Our Baja SAE team has been getting ready for the competition that will be held May 7‐10 in Washougal, Washington. Our team will be judged on how well our car can accelerate, pull, hill climb, maneuver, and rock crawl. The final event is an endurance, where the car must survive a 4 hour race through rough terrain, rocks, hills and other obstacles. This weekend will be the last one before competition so our team will be rigorously testing and preparing the vehicle. For more information please contact: Darren Schwald email@example.com
Left – Joey Penniman, FSAE Chief Engineer and driver, prepares to test SR1 for the first time.
Right – Darren Schwald, FSAE Chassis Lead, and Shaun Flickner, FSAE Technical Advisor, check and test the safety equipment.
Above – Darren Schwald, Baja SAE Team Captain, tests the new and improved suspension system.
College of Engineering Open House
The College of Engineering Open House gave
prospective and current students, parents, faculty, and industry professionals an opportunity to see the diversity within San Jose State University's engineering school. Student organizations and engineering departments held workshops and showcased a variety of labs, experiments, and projects under progress. The American Society of Civil Engineers SJSU Student chapter was working hard on the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge projects (pictured below). Their competitions were held April 16‐19. The Concrete Canoe Team, Checkmate, placed an impressive third, while the Steel Bridge Team was disqualified due to a part being ¼” too long.
Arturo Navarro, a student officer of the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists was recruiting for his student chapter. SOLES' mission is to promote the development of Latinos through professional exposure, leadership opportunities, community involvement and academic support. One of their largest events is the Science Extravaganza where they host workshops and science experiments for under privileged junior high school students. The new COE success center opened its doors for visitors to explore. The new and appealing look invited you to step inside where it was almost unreal. Faculty and staff did an excellent job with aiding in its new design.
Our SAE International student chapter was outdoors showcasing our premier Formula SAE racecar. We gave reasons to potential SJSU students and parents to choose San Jose State University. We displayed our BE U.NITED poster board which depicted how we plan to unite the different colleges on campus through the SAE International Collegiate Design Series. We also had the opportunity to speak with students from other universities and encouraged them to be a part of SAE International.
“we plan to unite the different colleges on campus”
“invited you to step inside”
Left Heather Bennett, ISPE student chapter president and Randy Floresca, SAE International student chapter president enjoyed a drive in the lawn mower powered kart.
S o ciety of W o m en E ng ineers and SAE Internatio nal
The Society of Women Engineers SJSU Student Chapter held two of their largest events for the spring semester, Evening With SWE (EWS) and WOW! That’s engineering! Our SAE International members helped set up the EWS event and enjoyed a three‐course meal while speaking with industry professionals. Some of the companies present were Lockheed Martin, PG&E, Cisco, and Xilinx.
During the WOW! That’s engineering! event, our SAE International student members volunteered, gave tours of our facilities, and presented to high school students and their parents. Am erican S o ciety o f M echanical E ng ineers
San Jose State University hosted the Spring 2009 ASME SPDC. The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum to train officers and future leaders, create networking opportunities, and host student competitions.
Above Karina Zafiro. Monica Kapil, Eric Stackpole, Brendon O’Neill, and Kimberly Eggert were a few of the ASME SJSU contestants.
A few of our SAE International members are part of our ASME Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) team. The team has been preparing to compete in the 2009 HPV competition. They are headed to Portland State University to compete against schools around the nation, including Missouri S&T, UC San Diego, and Texas Tech. The team is called the Pink Team and their vehicle's name is Careless Whisper.
“Thank you to the very generous scholarship donors” Pi Tau Sigm a
The Pi Tau Sigma student chapter at SJSU hosted the 2009 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department banquet. During the event the MAE department faculty introduced scholarship donors and presented the awards to the students. Two of our SAE International members, Randy Floresca and Johanna Knudsen, as well as the Association for Facilities Engineering SJSU student chapter president, Andrew Lau‐Seim were given the S. Brooks Walton Scholarship awards. Thank you to the very generous scholarship donors and congratulations to all the scholarship recipients. 3
Formula SAE Collaboration
Formula Hybrid at SJSU A new division has joined the SAE International SJSU chapter. Say hello to Formula‐Hybrid, the green side of SAE’s popular Collegiate Design Series. The purpose of the competition is to introduce motivated students to the complexities of building a hybrid vehicle, with emphasis given to innovation in drivetrain systems. Teams design and build their vehicles for competition each May at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.
Left The UC Davis and San Jose State University Formula SAE racecars being displayed on the 9th St. plaza.
For more info please visit: www.formulahybrid.org
The UC Davis Formula SAE team hosted a cam design presentation and invited our SAE International student chapter to check it out. Before the presentation and after the delicious BBQ, their team gave us a tour of the engineering department. As an afternoon dessert they showed us their 2008 FSAE racecar, Raging Cow 1. The following week, we hosted an intake and exhaust design presentation by Larry Rinek and invited the SAE International student chapters from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Sacramento State University. Mr. Rinek is a Senior Consultant with special focus on the OE automotive industries (light, medium, and heavy vehicles). During the presentation he spoke about ways to increase airflow and gain horsepower. He even played a few engine sound clips from post World War 2 era aircrafts. Left Randy Floresca, SAEI student chapter president, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Rinek.
Right Ammar Khan and Ken Lau, FSAE team members, speak to Mr. Rinek about the design of our exhaust system.
The Team The SJSU Formula‐Hybrid team will be spending the summer designing the vehicle. Once building begins in the fall, it will be game on until the annual formula‐hybrid competition kicks off in May of 2010. Although winning is important in such a competition, our primary goal will be to advance the technology of hybrid drivetrain systems. We hope to do this by researching theory and utilizing innovative design. If you are interested in joining the team, contact: Joshua Hogan, Formula‐Hybrid Team Captain SJSU firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 807‐4272
Right Marty Johnson, from UC Davis training for the 2010 FSAE West competition.
Left Jeff Yan, Suspension Team member tries out the 3D simulator at Club Auto Sport.
The Unveiling at Club Auto Sport
and talk to team members about the design process and the engineering that went into the vehicle. All of these sponsors have donated parts, labor, or funding, and this was the first time they could see what they were contributing to. Everybody was impressed at how all the little pieces had finally come together to form a vehicle. Even
“Everybody was impressed” As a first year team, almost every endeavor is a new experience. As much as we hate to say it, many times we have no idea what to expect‐‐hope for the best and prepare for the worst. The team had always wanted a party to thank and officially unveil our #18 car to sponsors, SJSU faculty, friends and family, but we were not too sure how all the logistics would work. On campus or off campus? Low key or huge extravaganza? Saltines or wheat thins? When Club Auto Sport (CAS) volunteered their facilities for us to use, the party started to take shape, and the experienced staff at CAS knew just what this rookie team needed for a spectacular evening. Spartan Racing displayed its Formula SAE West entry at CAS on April 2. Many local sponsors were on hand to witness the events
friendly competitors from the UC Davis Formula SAE team stopped by to congratulate us on our first entry. Their team members have provided us with plenty tidbits of useful knowledge. Ruben Delgadillo, the Formula SAE team captain, explained all the details to those gathered and helped everyone understand a little more about the car. After the speeches, there were many more questions as guests got a closer look at the vehicle. Team members were commended on the level of detail the car exhibited, especially the welds on the chassis. Unveiling parties do not come together on their own, and this one required coordination between the Spartan Racing
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team and Diana and Mona from CAS. Fortunately for us, Diana and Mona coordinate so many parties at their facilities that they had answers to our questions before we had even thought of them. CAS did not disappoint, providing an array of exotic cars to surround our formula car, including a Mercedes Gull Wing as well as two Mazda‐Lola Le Mans racecars. Huge thanks to John Davis and Ralph Borelli for hosting us. Students worked around the clock to make the #18 car presentable. The team spent countless hours on the fiberglass body and air ducting, completing them well ahead of schedule. The CBR motorcycle wiring harness proved to be a bit of a nightmare, but the Powertrain team straightened everything out and organized the wires to look professional. In short, the entire team came together to help each other out, with many members stepping out of their comfort zones in the spirit of completing tasks.
May 2, 2009 9am‐4pm Engineering Room 285 GD&T Workshop Email:email@example.com May 4, 2009 Formula SAE Cost Report Due May 710, 2009 Washougal, Washington Baja Competition May 8, 2009 9am‐2pm College of Engineering, SJSU Senior Design Presentations May 1517, 2009 Monterey Laguna Seca Volunteering for the Festival of Speed May 17, 2009 De Anza Dual at De Anza
If the success of the unveiling party is any indication, Spartan Racing has a lot to look forward to in the next few months. With competition less than two months away, there is plenty of work to complete before heading down to Fontana. This rookie team has never shied away from hard work, and we eagerly anticipate plenty of new experiences in the next month.
June 17, 2009 Fontana, CA Formula SAE West
The SAE International SJSU Student Chapter 2009 Spartan Racing Division
Newsletter Staff: Editor/Writer: Randy Floresca Assistant Editor/Writer: Ken Lau Contributors: Josh Hogan
Thank You to our Sponsors
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At San Jose State University
Randy Floresca President (510) 206 3229 firstname.lastname@example.org
Baja SAE Captain ‐ Darren Schwald – email@example.com Formula Hybrid Captain – Josh Hogan ‐ firstname.lastname@example.org Formula SAE Captain ‐ Ruben Delgadillo ‐ email@example.com