In 2002, UC professor Randall Allemang, PhD, took over as advisor and transitioned the organization into an activity-based senior design capstone class that included both engineering senior design students and volunteers. Simmons, who is enrolled in this year’s class, encourages interested students to stop by during class time, which takes place Tuesday evening from 4 to 6 pm in Linder Center, room 850. When they’re not there, you can usually find them in the shop: Rhodes Hall, room 440.
With about 30 senior design students and 30 volunteers working on the racecar, things can get a little chaotic. To maintain order, the team is divided into two sub-teams: technical and business. The technical team is further divided into groups that individually address parts of the racecar, like the engine, frame, suspension and aerodynamics. The business team meanwhile addresses challenges related to marketing, costing, networking and sponsorship.