Oregon Tech Racing Formula SAE Club

Matthew Hodge

Club President

Hometown

Hillsboro, OR

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I really want to thank anyone that has donated time, money, materials, and much more to us, because without your support this would not be possible. This year we have received more support than ever from Oregon Tech, and I really do believe that it will show here in the next couple weeks once our car is driving.

Why did the students in your club choose Oregon Tech?

The majority of the students in FSAE have chosen to come to Oregon Tech due to its affordability, the quality of the education, as well as the services the school can provide to help find jobs after graduation. When students visit campus and go through orientation, Oregon Tech Racing is showcased and presented to students – people see it from the beginning. It is basically part of the curriculum, and I think many students in the club chose Oregon Tech in part because of that.

What are the different majors of your club members, and what do some of them say they like best about their major?

The majority of our majors are MMET students (Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Tech, Manufacturing Engineering Tech), but we also have a few Bio-Health Science majors, an OHSU nursing student, and an Embedded Systems Engineer. Some of the things that they say they like best about their majors, are the variety of hands on experiences available to them here at Oregon Tech.

What is a favorite memory for your group, from your experiences at Oregon Tech so far?

My favorite memory of the FSAE team here at OIT would be last year when we made a trip down to Thunderhill Raceway in February to do some testing on the 2017 car. When we left it was about 30 degrees here, and we spent the day in sunny 70-degree weather testing the car.

What career ambitions do your club members have after graduating from Oregon Tech?

The students in our club have a variety of career ambitions. We have aspiring mechanical and manufacturing engineers, a dentist, and a nurse. Particular jobs that some of our members would like to go into are mostly general design and manufacturing engineering jobs. Most of our members have been working on applying to companies such as Fuel Safe, Epic Aircraft, Nosler, Leupold and Stevens, Boeing, and Jeld-Wen.

What is the best part about being your club? How does participating in this club benefit you now, and in the future?

The best part about this club is the benefits that it can provide to the members of all majors. This club for me personally has really benefited me by giving me a good idea of what I will be experiencing in industry after I graduate. As the president of the club, I am in a unique position to develop leadership skills not only with engineers, but also people from other majors.

What would you say to the donor or donors who support Oregon Tech? What does their support mean to you?

I really want to thank anyone that has donated time, money, materials, and much more to us, because without your support this would not be possible. This year we have received more support than ever from Oregon Tech, and I really do believe that it will show here in the next couple weeks once our car is driving.

Does the club participate in competitions? If so, please describe. What else would you like people to know about your club?

Our club does compete in a competition in Lincoln Nebraska on the 19th of June. The competition consists of 4 individual components: Business Case, Cost Report, Design, and Dynamic Competition. The business case consists of setting up our club as a small business selling 55 cars a year. The cost report consists of cataloging every nut and bolt, parts we made or purchased, down to the time it took to machine it. The design portion of the competition is simply that, we are judged based upon how well we can explain and defend the individual design elements of the car. Finally, my favorite part of the competition is the dynamic event, where the car is tested for straight line acceleration, maximum cornering force, fuel economy, and autocross performance.

I would like people to know that the FSAE club here at Oregon Tech is unique from other schools in many ways, and that all of the support we get from the school is crucial in helping the team become more successful at competition.

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