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 gave me a unique experience with blending electrical and mechanical disciplines that led me to pursue mechatronics as a specialization in school and get into industrial automation. Now I use the project management and engineering skills I developed competing for Hybrid every day for motion and stress analysis, instrumentation, and controls development.
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.
It was a great opportunity to be part of the SAE Formula Hybrid program from India. Formula Hybrid has given a high enrichment to my technical exposure during undergrad engineering.
The Program helped me build a distinctive taste for innovation while also gaining insights into the battery management systems, wireless telemetry and sensor data acquisition.
The best thing about the Formula Hybrid program is its unique platform where engineering students from different nationalities could compete with each other and at the same time, develop skills in teamwork potential, communication and project management.
Being in FH allowed me to explore the unknown areas of Vehicle development, in Mechanical or Electrical. I was able to align myself with the team development needs and understand the engineering behind each part on the car.
Using various digital tools to reduce our prototype and validation efforts for the car, collaborating as a group to brainstorm and resolve any conflicts in the process, breaking parts during testing and going back to the notebook to find out what went wrong and improve iteratively, were some of the best scenes involved. All these were the important things that allowed me to explore the Automotive industry and to reach out to professionals, explain our FH Car to grasp their attention. Today, each task I do traces back to the immense learning I had from working in the FH group.
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!