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Clarkson University's Formula SAE Racing Team Competes

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Clarkson University's Formula SAE race car team recently placed 44 out of 80 entries in the 2007 Formula SAE West race at the California Speedway in Fontana. This was the first time they have entered the west competition, which included international teams from Sweden, China, India, Japan and Italy. formula-sae-2007

The Clarkson team members were seniors Maria Castro of Rochester, N.Y., Bradley Henderson of Weedsport, N.Y., Derek Pedersen of Bath, N.Y., and Robert Peterson of Colchester, Vt.; juniors Ralph Costantini of Harwich, Mass., Matthew Healy of Norwich, Conn., Benjamin Lessard of Springwater, N.Y., and Cortlandt Sener of Burlington, Vt.; sophomore Justin Gillies of Barre, Vt.; and freshmen Robert Comer of Farmington, Conn., Allen Grove of Bothell, Wash., and Jason Jones of Oneida, N.Y. Their advisor was John Moosbrugger, professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering.

The SPEED program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives exemplifying Clarkson's "defy convention" approach to education. SPEED promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 250 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design and analysis, and fabrication. In addition, students learn real-world business skills such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communications skills. SPEED receives its primary financial support from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation with contributions from ExxonMobil and Turner Construction Company. The program was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but defies traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo caption: Clarkson University senior Brad Henderson in Clarkson's Formula SAE race car at the California Speedway in Fontana.

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