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Anteater Formula SAE - EV Student Group

Though successful as a scholar in theoretical kinematics and the geometric design of linkages, it was as the Chief Technology Officer at Accuray Incorporated where I found how truly exciting it is to build engineered systems. When I returned, I joined a group of students who wanted to build an off-road vehicle for an intercollegiate competition. It was 2003, a terrible car, but so much fun, and I have not looked back.

Just when I thought we knew what we were doing the goals shifted to an Internal Combustion Formula race car, then an Hybrid Electric Formula car, and then multiples of various types of vehicles. During the worst years of engineering layoffs, when companies were not even interviewing our graduates, this experience got my students jobs.

Now 20 years in we are ready for a new era. The goal is to build a community to support the performance of UCI’s race team so we can excel in intercollegiate competitions.  This shift can occur because Racecar Engineering is now a technical elective, and we can focus on building an effective team engineering tradition.

The advising team for this activity begins with Robert “Smitty” Smith who joined us in 2004.  In 2008, he worked with the boys from Change for Balance to make Racecar Engineering videos that are watched by teams around the world. He helped our cars get better, while he obtained several motorcycle speed records. Phil Chipman guides our systems approach to engineering. Phil, retired from Boeing, and in addition to cart racing, built his own electric vehicle for our Energy Invitational in 2010. Soon afterwards we met Timel Sebastian, who managed the set-up, safety and execution of our Energy Invitational in collaboration with Kathy Johnson of Vital Link of OC. Now, Timel advises our teams on the business of racing. And, Ron Kessler and QV Dang joined us to help with electrical and embedded systems.  It is a superb team, all of whom are anxious to see us achieve excellence. But we cannot do it without your support, the support of our alumni and friends.

Right now we are focused on the Formula SAE - EV Oregon competitions, which occur in late Spring and early Summer 2024. Designs for the EV vehicle are to be finalized this Summer, with construction to begin in Fall with running vehicles in time for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering Annual Design Review. Testing, practice runs, and repair will continue in collaboration with our friends at Adams Motorsports Park to prepare for competition.

Please donate to the Anteater Formula SAE - Engineering Team Projects Fund and be a part of our Anteater Racing Alumni and Friends community. We hope to make you proud of our performance this year and going forward.

Zotfully yours,
J Michael McCarthy
Distinguished Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Last But Not Least!
Congratulations to Tse-Wen Chen, a current student, whose gift to Solar Car Engineering Student Group won the Last But Not Least Challenge! With your gift Tse-Wen, $1000 in bonus funds will be awarded to Solar Car Engineering, thanks to the generous support of UCI Foundation trustees Gary and Melanie Singer!
Samueli School David Dimas 50 Gifts for $30,000 Challenge
Help us unlock a generous $30,000 gift supporting the Faculty Research Labs at the Samueli School of Engineering from Anteater Engineering faculty, David Dimas, by being one of the first 50 donors to the School!
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Samueli School Gregory and Lianne Brewer 100 Donors for $80,000 Challenge
Help us unlock a generous $80,000 gift supporting the Faculty Research Labs at the Samueli School of Engineering from Anteater Engineering faculty, Gregory and Lianne Brewer, by being one of the first 100 individual donors to any Giving Day initiative at the School!
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Parent Power Hour 25 gift Challenge
Power Hour? How about a power 15-minutes?! Congratulations to our UCI Parent and Family community for coming together in record time to unlock $10,000 in support for Campus Organizations and Volunteer Programs! Keep the momentum going and support some of our outstanding matches and challenges below!
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1965 Challenge
Congratulations to Hilary Lapks! Your gift to Men's Volleyball just unlocked $1,965 in bonus funds for the program!
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Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Darcy Wilson-Jones (LGBT Resource Center), Katy Young (School of the Arts/Dance), Charlton Lee (Social Sciences Student Awards) and Rick Emerling (UCI Retirees Association Scholarships), for winning our Early Bird Challenge! $500 in bonus funds will be added to each of these funds in your honor!
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