SAE International and Formula SAE:
SAE International, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers, was created in 1915 and in the postwar era expanded greatly. SAE now not only represents engineers in all mobility related professions but business executives, educators and students alike which comprise and organization with over 84,000 members. One of the society's key roles has been encouraging and supporting the development of capable practitioners in the many mobility communities they serve. Once students attend university-level engineering programs, SAE presents 12 different Collegiate Design Competitions - events that put classroom training into action by challenging students to design, build, and test the performance of a real vehicle in a competitive environment. SAE Collegiate Design competitions draw more than 4,500 students from 500 universities on six continents.
The Formula SAE competition is 1 of the 12 competitions organized by SAE International. Started in 1978, it was originally called the Mini Indy.
"The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving."
Formula SAE is an excellent environment for students to take what they have learned and apply it. FSAE is an all-encompassing competition, in which is students must research, design, manufacturer, test, develop, market and finance their builds. As such it gives students an incredible amount of experience and a good window into the automotive industry. There are 3 different competitions located throughout the United States: California, Michigan, and Virginia; Michigan is the oldest and largest running competition. There are also events in Brasil, Italy and Australia.
If you would like to read more about the University of Minnesota Duluth FSAE team, please check out the UMD Team page.
*Information taken from SAE and FSAE Website.