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Phase 2: Building

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Interim Senior Development Director
Kara Clem
(505) 277-0251
Centennial Engineering Center
Suite 3071


Development Coordinator
Courtney Holmes
(505) 277-0664
Centennial Engineering Center
Suite 3071


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Mike’s impact on the FSAE program has been both immediate and immense. Despite possessing deep engineering knowledge and designing award-winning cars, the program has been challenged by a lack of expertise in building cars that are constructed specifically for the racetrack, and the program’s cramped facilities made it challenging for the team to work at their optimum efficiency. Mike has been in the racecar industry since 1975, working many years in Indy Car racing and with Al Unser Jr. and was with Unser during many of his big wins, including his first Indy 500 win in 1992.  Mike’s experience and focus has already improved the working environment, making it more aesthetically pleasing, organized, and efficient, which has greatly improved student workflow and interaction. He will ensure that our students make a smooth transition to the planned 3,000-5,000 square-foot modern fabrication and design lab.

The likely location of the new lab is the basement of Farris Engineering Center, which has recently been vacated for the renovation of Farris, which is scheduled for completion in fall 2017.

“We have old equipment and would love to have a new shop that is bigger,” John said. “We rely upon longer-term donors and believers in the program, but are always looking for new support. Students in our program compete among the best-financed and best-equipped teams in the world. Our students do amazingly well with what they have, but they deserve better. The overall result of better facilities and equipment will be a better result in worldwide competitions, more sponsorships and more educational opportunities.”

Mike said once more space is gained, they can begin to look at upgrading equipment, which is decades old and often in ill-repair due to years of use by students. He said the current shop can safely hold only about 10 students at a time, and equipment must be moved out of the way to use some of the machines.

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