Formula Hybrid accelerates careers.
Learn more about some of our spotlighted alumni, and see how Formula Hybrid helped launch their career and offers a keystone experience for many of the programs alumni.
Formula Hybrid was probably the most enjoyable part of my undergraduate experience. Before I even enrolled in grad school, I researched similar design/build student teams at the universities that I was considering because I knew it was something that I wanted to continue with. When I got to Stanford, before my classes even started in the Fall, I joined the Stanford Solar Car team. I used my knowledge and skills from my involvement with MSOE’s FH team to jump right in and help design and build various components of the chassis, body, suspension, and battery subsystems. This Fall I will be attending a competition with the team in Australia, wish us luck!
Participating in the SAE Formula Hybrid program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering was the highlight of my undergrad education. I was able not only take classroom learnings and apply it to a racecar, but expand outside my discipline of Mechanical Engineering. I contributed to developing a portfolio to market the vehicle to potential sponsors through photography, videography, and website design. Additionally, I assisted the electrical lead in developing the high and low voltage systems adding another dimension to my education. The Formula Hybrid program allowed me to build my collaboration, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to be a more effective member of my organization. I will always cherish the memories, learnings, and friends on the Mozee Motorsport team and the skills gained from participating in the SAE Formula Hybrid competition.
Taking the helm of the team helped me become a principle here at Capital Wraps.
My Formula Hybrid team — at just six people — was small but mighty. Formula Hybrid was my first taste in the importance of talent, buy-in, and (only in retrospect) balance in building a team. I will always be chasing the incredible feeling of cooperation we had that year.
Formula Hybrid showed me that the world of new hybrid and electric vehicle engineering is absolutely within the reach of any university student, no matter what his/her major is! It did allow me to change my career path from biophysics to EV development!
Formula Hybrid served as a medium through which to develop a deep understanding of the engineering process, while instilling a deep passion for technical design and a sharpened work ethic. The competition fills a critical gap left open by classroom curriculum in providing a complex, open-ended challenge that requires a level of self-guided discovery and project management which closely models that seen in industry. Years later, the abilities and tools that Formula Hybrid presented continue to find use in my work on a daily basis.
Formula Hybrid helped me develop the skills and leadership qualities I needed to thrive in an automotive OEM environment.
The leadership skills and technical knowledge of advanced powertrain systems that I obtained in Formula Hybrid played a large part in being hired for my current job, and in being successful in my role. I also work with a small professional race team in my spare time. Participating in a Formula project in college is somewhat of an unwritten prerequisite for working on a professional race team, so I was able to get my foot in the door faster.