News From Dr. Claudia Fajardo-Hansford


Dr. Claudia Fajardo-Hansford

Denso North America Foundation has invested $50,000 in engineering student projects with automotive focus. The grant supports WMU’s Sunseeker, Formula SAE and Baja SAE student projects. The teams are working on the design, fabrication and testing of their vehicles for the 2016 competition year. Faculty members working with the student teams include Drs. Claudia Fajardo-Hansford (MAE), Jennifer Hudson (MAE), Brad Bazuin (ECE), and Andrew Kline (CPE).  


Students from the Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) represented WMU at the Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids, January 28-31, 2016. The student-designed and built Formula SAE and Baja vehicles were on display at DeVos place during the event. Mechanical Engineering student, Ramin Mirshab (FSAE engine team leader) was interviewed in a news story on WOTV4. The teams are gearing up for mid-June competitions this year: the Formula SAE Lincoln, NE, event and the Baja SAE national competition in Rochester, NY. At these events, attended by teams from all over the world, the design and performance of the student-designed vehicles are evaluated by industry experts. The events, sanctioned by SAE International as part of the Collegiate Design Series, provide excellent opportunities for students to learn, network, and have fun, while showcasing WMU engineering programs. 

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The SAE teams are thankful to all who make these projects possible through monetary or in-kind donations.

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Mechanical engineering student and Formula SAE team member Conner Knepley participated in the Frankfurt Auto Show to showcase a lightweight prototype wheel he has designed as an intern at Maxion Wheels.  Conner plans to earn his mechanical engineering degree from WMU in Fall 2017 and work in automotive research and development.

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 The Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation (CAViDS) is an interdisciplinary CEAS research center, dedicated to providing breakthrough applied computer simulation technology and knowledge to the vehicle industry in the area of vehicle design and analysis. CAViDS relies on synergistic academic-industry collaboration to address current automotive challenges. Current industry partners include Eaton Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Lubrizol, and Dana Holding Corp. Government lab affiliates include TARDEC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

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