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Tool Company Supports Titan Race Car Team

Radio-TV-Film Student Creates Winning Video 'Designing Future Engineers'

Feb. 13, 2014

A gift of tools valued at $82,000 to the College of Engineering and Computer Science is helping to put CSUF's formula-style racing team on the fast track to design and build its Titan VII race car for collegiate competition.

The gift from the Monster Tool Co. in Vista, in the San Diego area, will go toward supporting CSUF's Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team and other student projects, said Hart Roussel, the college's director of development.

"This generous donation enables us to manufacture our car more efficiently — without having to spend a lot of money on tools," said Carlos Gibson, team member and president of the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. "We're looking forward to proudly having the Monster Tool Co. sponsorship on our car this summer."

The team is seeking sponsors and donations to help offset costs to manufacture the car, as well as other expenses associated with the international race competition in Lincoln, Neb., in June, added Gibson.

"The creativity and drive of our students make them important allies in our fundraising efforts," said Roussel. "The Formula SAE team has consistently proven to be one of the best groups of student fundraisers on behalf of the college."

Next Generation of Engineers

In other team updates, junior Adam Morley, a radio-TV-film major, created a winning video that depicts the excitement of the Formula SAE students designing their racing automobile.

His video, "Designing Future Engineers," placed third in the recent Generation Auto Student Video Contest, sponsored by Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and Deloitte, with SAE International as a supporting partner. The contest, open to college and university students in the U.S. and Canada, was launched to encourage careers in the automotive industry. The video was screened at the annual OESA Outlook Conference in Detroit.

In support of the student-driven automotive project, Morley donated his $1,000 prize to the Formula SAE team: "It was just a great opportunity to collaborate and compete in a film competition that not only allowed me to get great experience under my belt, but it helped out our team as well."

For more information about supporting the team, contact Roussel or 657-278-5429.

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