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Design and Engineering Students Collaborate in Desert and Formula Car Competition

Standing from left, are Professor Chris Beyer, Taylor Hoff, Adam Rowe, Kimberly Flores, and engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani. Behind the wheel is Michael Beadle.

Standing from left, are Professor Chris Beyer, Taylor Hoff, Adam Rowe, Kimberly Flores,
and engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani. Behind the wheel is Michael Beadle. Photo by David J. Nelson.

Industrial Design Department and College of Engineering students collaborated to design and fabricate vehicles for Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competitions this summer—one model to challenge the desert and one to cover Formula-style tracks.

Under the guidance of industrial design faculty member Max Beach and mechanical and aerospace engineering’s Christiane Beyer, the Industrial Senior Design class and the SAE Student Society competed in the Formula SAE event at Lincoln, Neb.

The concept behind competitions is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small, affordable formula-style race car and an off-road vehicle. The prototype cars were evaluated for their potential as production items. CSULB came in 38th in the design category.

CSULB came in 75th out of 115 cars at the Baja SAE event, which targeted the non-professional autocross racer or off-highway vehicle enthusiast.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries.