CSULA Formula (posted June 12, 2009)| Spotlight

CSULA Formula team preps for upcoming SAE competition

Cal State L.A.’s prototype racecar to face off 80 others in regional

Picture of the CSULA Formula SAE Team.

A Cal State L.A. engineering student team is revving up for the 2009 Formula SAE California Competition to be held June 17-20 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

A group of 19 students, guided by Cal State L.A. Mechanical Engineering Professor Trinh Pham, is testing its new CSULA Formula prototype racecar for CSULA’s possible first entry into this competition.

The Formula SAE, an annual collegiate design-series competition developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), challenges students in aspects ranging from conceptualization to design and manufacturing.

To be outfitted with a carbon-fiber body, CSULA Formula features a Honda CBR 600 RR engine, Keiser 13" x 7" rims, custom unequal length A-arms, a 4130 Chromalloy steel-tube frame, and 20" x 7" R13 Goodyear tires.

Rendering of the CSULA Formula prototype racecar.

With Chris Reid as team leader and Wesley Dunham as co-leader, the CSULA team includes industrial technology major Vu Tran; electrical engineering major Edgar Gonzales; and mechanical engineering majors Fredy Acosta, Scott Browne, Bernardo Chavez, William Chavez, Calvin Hy, Sergio Mendoza, Jose Mora, Joe Ortega, Giampaolo Paggi, Chaumont Pham-Le, Arturo Romero, Usama Tohid, Tasher Willet, Raymond Wu and Eric Younger.

According to Younger, “I am a part of the team for many reasons. First, I want to be a part of this first-year team and help make a good first impression for CSULA in the Formula Competition circuits. The second reason is that I have been involved with engineering projects for about three years and fully enjoy the hands-on aspects of the building process.”

And, Dunham said, “It is a great opportunity to work closely with my fellow students on a project that is both very fun and allows me to apply the engineering principles I learned in the classroom to a real-world situation.”

For more information, contact Professor Pham at (323) 343-4498.