Titan Irwin Gill recently shared with the Wall Street Journal how he developed a new way to drive a manual-transmission car while he was a part of Cal State Fullerton’s Formula SAE club.
Gill, who earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in May, began the project after he sustained a spinal-cord injury a November 2017 motorcycle accident. The injury affected his legs and he longed to drive a manual-transmission car. Using the skills he gained in CSUF’s SAE Club — conceiving and building a car to compete against other universities — Gill altered a 2005 BMW 5 Series enabling him to drive nearly 30,000 miles to date, including at Willow Springs International Raceway.
“This program gave me hands-on experience on how to take classroom learning and apply it to building components that function in the real world,” Gill said. “The build required a tremendous amount of practical problem-solving I wouldn’t have been able to handle if not for my experience with Formula SAE.” Continue reading in the Wall Street Journal.
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