April 23rd, 2011 | Published in News
Below is a comprehensive list of what each Team Leader is working on and how you can get involved with them.
Aero: I will be having a meeting with Casey to discuss upcoming aero package plans and wind tunnel testing. If you would like to get involved with planning for testing, creating testing schedules and design of experiments, and producing the samples (ie carbon fiber wings) and testing apparatus then contact Casey Hahn at firstname.lastname@example.org. This project will potentially carry throughout the summer and into next winter if interested parties step up and tackle the challenge. If you know someone studying Aero, let them know as well.
Business: Emily will be collecting apparel order forms and checks throughout the week. Checks are made out to Formula Buckeyes with the memo line blank. No orders will be accepted after Monday, 4/25. Additionally, Emily is looking for someone to step up in to the Team Manager position – a very important spot on the team. If you have interest in project or people management when you graduate, then this is a very applicable role to consider. If you are serious about the responsibility, please contact Emily at email@example.com. This position is also well suited for Business majors who have a passion for automobiles or looking for real world experience, so pass it along to any friends you see fit for the task.
Brakes/Ergo: Nick and Bruce have locked in most designs for Car #30, but will have their handfuls with test and track prep for Car #69 and Car #106 (an old carbon monocoque chassis we are resurrecting for spring/summer testing). If you would like to get involved in fabricating components for the brake and pedal assembly for Car #30 and Car #106, or to assist in instrumentation and data acquisition, please contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nick and Bruce also need assistance with the development of driver bolstering and harness mounting in Car #30, among other things.
Chassis: Adam has his hands full with projects for Car #30. Tony has been spearheading the honeycomb fitment for the front tubs, but we are at a standstill until more arrives. Aaron has designed a Main Roll Hoop jig for welding on mounting tabs, and needs assistance in machining the final parts and assembling the jig. Adam will need help with making and locating the final phenolic hard point for the front tub, and all for the rear tub. Additionally, we will be doing carbon fiber layups weekly, beginning next weekend with the construction of the rear tub outer skin. If you would like to contribute to chassis construction or carbon fiber layups, please contact Adam at email@example.com.
Drivetrain: Kyle is busy with the fabrication of Car #30′s drivetrain and looking for help in machining components. Kyle also has considerable knowledge of the CNC and Computer Aided Machining software and would like to share that with you if you have some background in conventional machining. We will be running the first aluminum parts on the new Dyna CNC in the next week, and would like to have you be a part of the project from part in Solidworks to a completed part from the CNC. Kyle will also need help in implementing the wireless telemetry system for testing torques in the drivetrain on Car #69. If you would like to get involved with Kyle’s projects, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronics: There are a lot of project possibilities for the electronic’s team and Ian would like to have a few more members on board to help tackle the projects. If you are interested in designing and testing a new battery pack, working on constructing the carbon fiber steering wheel, establishing wireless communication between the car and pit, or packaging the vehicle electronics then get in touch with Ian at email@example.com. Ian will also be busy wiring up Car #69 to run on the new Motec ECU and installing the AIM Data Acquisition Computer for spring testing.
Engine: Rob is a very busy guy, and could use help on projects of various nature. In engine land, there is SolidWorks modeling that needs done, exhaust headers fit and welded, coolant system construction, intake construction, muffler construction and more. Additionally, Rob will be putting Car #69 on the chassis dyno at CAR and establishing a baseline tune for the Motec ECU. Please contact Rob to find out all the projects he has up his sleeve and how you can help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suspension: Dave has been busy with redesigning and coding the uprights for machining and could use help with a variety of projects, for both Car #30 and Car #69. Projects for Car #30 include modeling and constructing steel suspension arms for instrumenting the suspension with load cells, machining inserts for the carbon suspension arms, machining components for the steering, uprights, bell cranks and pivot posts of the car. Also, Dave needs to instrument Car #69 with damper pot mounts to collect data on suspension travel during testing. Dave also has to design and build jigs for the rear suspension geometry of the car. That’s just the beginning of the list, so email Dave at email@example.com if you would like to get involved.
Website/Media/Sponsorship: I am looking for someone to take on the image of our team and how we present ourselves to sponsors. I would like someone to create a video of the team to be presented in conjunction with sponsorship requests, detailing the construction of our car, our facilities, and our car in action. I will leave you open to a lot of freedom on it, but have a few key things I want to see included. Additionally, anyone who can contribute photoshop/website development talents would be greatly appreciated in collaboration with Jason’s efforts on our new website. Finally, if anyone is interested in maintaining and building our sponsor and public relations, we have a leadership spot available for you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns or anything of the like please don’t hesitate to contact me and voice them. I hope that you will all seize the opportunity to become engaged in the team and take on a proactive approach to your involvement. If there is anything you think we could do better, let me know – we are always trying to improve our knowledge, our program, and our cars. I hope to see you all around the shop!