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Connecting Local Industry and the Community to Engineering Technology Through Student Vehicle Projects at MTSU

Connecting Local Industry and the Community to Engineering Technology Through Student Vehicle Projects at MTSU

The Experimental Vehicles Program (EVP) at MTSU was founded during the summer of 2004 by the local student chapters of ASME and SAE. Both organizations were conducting their own competition vehicle programs, as they had been for several years. These programs include the Formula SAE, Mini Baja (SAE), SolerBike Rayce USA, Solar and Electric Boat (ASME), and The Great Moonbuggy Race (ASME). The various vehicle programs give students a unique real world application for the skills they learn in the class room. Although the organizations collaborated on each project, the various projects lacked unity of purpose and efficient sharing of resources. Realizing this disparity, the organizations jointly decided to develop a blanket program to facilitate the procurement and distribution of financial, intellectual, and human resources. One of the original goals of EVP was to create a brochure highlighting the various vehicle projects in order to attract the attention of local industry for sponsorship purposes, and to hold fundraiser and awareness events to involve the student body in the projects. EVP is currently enjoying considerable success raising funds and drawing attention to what would...

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