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May 20, 2004
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Formula MUN hits the road

Some members of the Formula MUN team with their wheels.
Photo by Chris Hammond
Some members of the Formula MUN team with their wheels.
By Michelle Osmond
“This started out as an interesting project. But then after several 20 hour days it becomes incredibly important. It becomes part of your life. You’re so focused on it that you throw all of your energy into it. Then, it’s the best feeling in the world when at two or three o’clock in the morning you can stand back and be proud of what you’ve just accomplished. It becomes worth all the stress you’ve endured over the last few months.”

Mathew Garvin is this year’s team leader for the Formula MUN racing team. This week, from May 19-23 in Pontiac, Michigan, Memorial University’s Formula MUN car racing team is competing against 140 racing car teams from around the world in the Formula SAE. The Memorial car, known as “Number 38,” has been a year in the making and has been built from the ground up by a team of 10 students; 10 excited but very anxious students.

However, Mr. Garvin feels confident that this year's car and design is a much stronger entry than last year’s, incorporating new materials to make it the lightest car they’ve ever built. He says they are much better prepared this year and he would be personally disappointed if they did not crack the top 40 overall.

“I expect that we will do very well in the design portion of the event which has been our strongest aspect in past years. We’ve learned so much. By working on this project, we’ve been dealing with problems daily that are unimaginable to the typical undergraduate student.”

Memorial University President Axel Meisen says he’s very proud of the Formula MUN team and how far they’ve come since starting nearly a decade ago.

“Our engineering students are extremely bright and motivated,” said Dr. Meisen. “They not only receive an excellent academic education, but through the mandatory co-op program, they obtain practical, real-life engineering experience during their studies at Memorial. Projects like Formula MUN and the Formula SAE competition support our objective of providing students with a hands-on learning experience.

“We are very optimistic that the 2004 team has the ingenuity, design and management skills to become world champions.”

The Formula MUN project cost approximately $20,000 this year and has very strong support from Memorial University. In addition, the Formula MUN team is grateful to community sponsors, including the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, Gateway and West Side Charlie’s, for their support of this year’s project.

 


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