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Formula SAE team gets $13,000 donation from Albuquerque Community Foundation

November 18, 2014 - By Kim Delker

University of New Mexico's Formula SAE program received a $13,000 check from the Albuquerque Community Foundation at a ceremony on Nov. 6.

Kelli Cooper, philanthropic services director for the foundation, said that the foundation has been supporting the FSAE for several years, and the most recent donation is a reflection of their continued strong support of the program.

John Russell, director of UNM's Formula SAE program and Halliburton Professor of Mechanical Engineering, said the donation is one of the biggest to the program. The funds will go toward purchasing some of the many supplies that go into the making of the car, he said.

The University of New Mexico's Formula SAE program has been ranked fifth-best in the United States and 18th-best in the world, according to rankings issued by Formula Student Combustion World Rankings, compiled by Formula Student Germany, which ranked 507 teams from around the globe.

In an international Formula SAE competition in June 2014 in Lincoln, Neb., the team placed 11th overall out of 80 international entries. Next year’s competition will take place June 17-20.

The LOBOMotorSports Formula SAE program at UNM started in 1997. It has evolved into three-semester in which students take three courses worth 10 credit hours: Racecar Design and Dynamics, Racecar Build Lab, and Racecar Test Lab. The culmination of the program is an opportunity to compete against the best schools in the world.