Michigan Technological University has a long history of involvement with the automotive industry, engine research, cold-weather testing, and other validation resources. When the Michigan Tech Advanced Power Systems Labs (APS LABS) brought the Mobile Lab to the Texas Motor Speedway in April, it was expected that quite a few NASCAR fans would be in attendance and probably a few alumni.
The Mobile Lab helped showcase current and future technologies for mobility. The Mobile Lab can be used to provide education at a customer location but also functions as the command center for Michigan Tech’s research related to the ARPA-E NEXTCAR challenge designed to improve vehicle performance through vehicle automation and connectivity.
The Mechanical Engineering Annual Report for 2014-2015 featured many of our alumni that work within the automotive industry. Currently enrolled students are active in SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series through the Advanced Motorsports consortium.
Michigan Tech has strong representation on the Hendricks Motorsports team with three alumni employed there.
- Greg Ives (BS-Mechanical Engineering, 2003) has been in the racing industry since he graduated. He is currently crew chief for the #88 Hendricks Motorsports team.
- Chais Eliason (BS-Mechanical Engineering, 2014) joined Hendricks Motorsports as an intern and became a full-time employee after graduation and has been a race engineer for the #48 team.
- Doug Wojcik (BS-Mechanical Engineering, 2015) is the most recent Husky to join the Hendricks Motorsports team as a race mechanic on the #88 team.
These alumni found their Michigan Tech education prepared them for their careers in the highly competitive cutting-edge application of automotive racing.
To learn more about research, development, and validation opportunities, please contact Jim Desrochers.