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Super Eagle Victory 2004

July 9, 2004
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 July 9, 2004

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
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55¢-worth of gas to Sacramento?
It can be done!

CSULA Super Eagle -- First in the Nation,
Second in the World in SAE Supermileage Competition

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Los Angeles, CA -- CSULA students get better mileage! Carrying on the California State University, Los Angeles tradition of national #1 award-winning student-built environmentally-responsible vehicles, the Super Eagle--CSULA's newest competitive supermileage car--beat 39 entries from the U.S. and Canada in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) international Supermileage® competition in Michigan in June.

Besting cars from UC campuses to specialized technology institutes, the superbly-engineered car achieved a record 1,615 mpg.

"You could get to Las Vegas for 29¢ and Sacramento for 55¢ on that kind of mileage!" emphasized associate dean and electrical engineering professor Martin Roden, echoing the exhilaration of the entire College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.

James Ettaro (Alhambra), associate professor of technology, has been the project's faculty advisor and guiding force since his arrival on campus in 1997. Recognized by SAE as 2004 Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year, Ettaro teaches and conducts research in power, energy and transportation and manages the Power-Energy-Transportation program housed in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. He is currently working to bring a hydrogen fueling station to the CSULA campus.

Five years of competing and five modifications later, the 2004 team had a winner, with significant changes to the advanced electronic fuel injection system, aerodynamic carbon fiber-Kevlar-aluminum composite body, and ultra high efficiency engine.

Student team members represented technology and engineering disciplines (and an accounting major fascinated with automotive technology). They included: Sender De La Roca (industrial technology/Highland Park); Long Diep (industrial technology/Rosemead), backup driver; Michael Duffy (accounting/Los Angeles); Douglas Hall (industrial technology/San Gabriel); Gerson Hernandez (mechanical engineering); Brian Ho (industrial technology/Arcadia); Jeff Kay (industrial technology/Granada Hills); Gina Parodi (mechanical engineering/Torrance); Chris Reid (mechanical engineering/Los Angeles); Priscilla Ruiz (industrial technology/Monterey Park), backup driver; De San (mechanical engineering/Rosemead), primary driver; Steven Spikes (electrical engineering); Refugio Trejo (mechanical engineering); Akilesh Vedartham (mechanical engineering/Los Angeles); Juan Villanueva (industrial technology/Los Angeles) and Chris Wollonciej (industrial technology).

The project received financial support from CSULA's Instructionally-Related Activity (IRA) funds, CSULA's Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI), Honeywell, SMC Pneumatics, Nissan Motors Corporation, the SoCal section of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Cardinal Industrial Finishes, and Bosch.

On Thursday, July 22, at noon, an all-campus welcome home celebration and party honoring the Super Eagle will begin with a parade starting at Salazar Hall and ending at the Free Speech Area. Catch the campus spirit--enjoy the Sno-Cones and popcorn and meet the team!

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WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA – California State University, Los Angeles: A comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 20,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Cal State L.A. is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system.

The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles offers a hands-on curriculum and early research opportunities to prepare students for advanced studies and a fast-paced work environment. Our NASA University Research Center is the first and only one of its kind in California. Our $31 million renovation gives our students access to state-of-the-art laboratories. Our programs of distinction offer great opportunities for team development, and our students regularly place at the top in several national competitions. We were also first in California with our 2004 Mini Baja team, first in NASA’s 2003 student design competition, first in 2004 WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge, and third in 2003 concrete ASCE canoe western division.

The Society of Automotive Engineers has more than 84,000 members—engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 97 countries—who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems.

The Supermileage® competition provides engineering, technology and other students with a challenging design project that involves the development and construction of a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle. Vehicles are powered by a small four-cycle engine. Students have the opportunity to set a world fuel economy record and increase public awareness of fuel economy. Engines are donated by Briggs & Stratton.

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