Hands-On Learning

Students participate on teams within the program, ranging from optimization teams such as ProChallenge and Drag racing, to design and build teams such as Formula SAE and Baja. Students typically drive the cars on these teams, and tryouts are held for the fastest and best-skilled drivers.

Currently, we have available to our students:



Students take the drag car to Test and Tune Events in Mooresville, NC.



Formula SAE is a student designed, built, and raced car. Students take extensive test data, design new cars, build and test them at local wind tunnels, kinematics rigs, and autocross events. Our team also goes to national competitions to compete against other engineering schools. To see more information on our Formula SAE team see their website.

1 BAJA Car

Baja SAE is a brother team to the Formula SAE team. It also is a student designed, built and raced team that competes against other engineering schools in national competitions. To see more information on our Baja SAE team see their website.

Testing Equipment Available to StudentsEngine

Students use equipment similar to that found in professional shops: engine dyno, chassis dyno, shock dyno, scales, data acquisition, rapid prototyping etc.


  • CAD software for mechanical drawings of vehicles
  • Finite Element Analysis software for designing components, examining failure modes, etc
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics software for simulating aerodynamic forces on the car.
  • Dynamics and Kinematics software packages for simulating vehicle dynamics