Why Sponsor UMSAE?
UMSAE is a unique, student run, not for profit organization that allows students to develop their technical, design, management and organizational skills amongst many others. This organization provides students an opportunity to develop and apply knowledge from their classes and encourages students to challenge themselves and seek out and learn on their own. UMSAE members must learn to work in large team environments, collaborating with other members while maintaining independence and self-sufficiency.
This student organization would not exist with out the generosity of our sponsors! By sponsoring UMSAE you will continue to provide students this unique and engaging experience which supplements their in class experience and provides them the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge. Many of our alumni have gone on to exciting professions in their respective fields.
Follow the links to the left if you would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor.
A Word From
"This program provides engineering students with practical hands-on-experiences, as well as communications and project management skills, that are required to ensure they excel in industry after graduation."
- Jonathan Beddoes Ph.D, P.Eng, Dean of Engineering
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Students from these project teams are much better prepared for industry upon graduation, with real world skills and experience. Involved sponsors also benefit by having first pick in recruitment of the best prepared graduates the university can offer.
- Ed Hohenberg P.Eng , UMSAE Faculty Advisor
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UMSAE Alumni Success Stories
Thanks to the generosity of our contributors many of our members have graduated from their University degrees with the additional skills and confidence to make a huge impact in their world and achieve their own lofty goals as professionals. This would not be possible with out the help of the community, local and international companies. You can read about some of them below.
Courtney Skene-Hamilton joined the UMSAE Aero Design team in 2007, contributing to the design and manufacture of multiple competition aircraft. She was the Aero team leader in the 2010-2011 competition year, where the team won the NASA Systems Engineering Award, earned first place for their technical presentation, and finished in the top ten overall. Courtney graduated in 2011 and is working as part of the Space Systems group at Magellan Aerospace.
“My involvement in UMSAE was one of my most educational, challenging, exciting, and fun experiences. I gained so many valuable skills throughout my time on the team. From technical skills relating to design and manufacturing, to communication and project management skills, UMSAE provided the perfect opportunity to develop as an engineer, a team member, and a leader. Working as a team to accomplish a common goal, with such passionate team members, was an incredible and unforgettable experience.”
- Courtney Skene-Hamilton
Keith Edie joined the UMSAE Formula team in 2007, over the course of his 4 years on the team he held numerous positions including Formula Team Leader and participated in the design of over 4 vehicles. Keith graduated in 2011 and now works for Ilmor Engineering in Plymouth Michigan as a Trackside Engineer for the Chrevolet Team in the IndyCar Racing Series.
"My time in UMSAE has helped me to develop both my task managment and practical engeering skills. What I have learnt in Formula SAE has given me the confidence to pursue a career in motorsport and a foot in the industries door."
- Keith Edie
Kris Goodmanson joined the UMSAE Aero team in 2009, over the course of his 3 years on the team he held numerous positions including Empennage Section Head, Payload Section Head, and Team Leader. Kris participated in the design of over 3 vehicles and graduated in 2012. Over the course of his 3 years, the team won several awards from Lockheed Martin, had a 2nd place international finish and back to back NASA Systems Engineering Awards. Kris is now working for Shell Canada Energy as a Completions Engineer.
"My time in UMSAE has helped me to develop the important technical, practical, and management skills that are essential for the success in industry. UMSAE gives and allows the opportunities for development beyond the complementing engineering studies."
- Kris Goodmanson
Thomas Vogel joined the UMSAE Formula team in 2007, along the way he held various Design Lead positions and was appointed UMSAE Executive Chair in 2010. He participated in the design of four Formula cars and graduated at the end of the 2010. Over his years of involvement, the team progressed from a 64th overall place finish to 17th. In his final year with the team, he designed the University's first carbon fiber monocoque.
Thomas has now moved on to work as an Aero Design Engineer in Switzerland for Formula 1 team; SauberF1.
"My time with UMSAE has been and always will be one of the most memorable time of my life. I was able to give my studies a true meaning and in return UMSAE. Its projects gave me the experience necessary to reach my ultimate goal of working on Aerodynamics of Formula 1 cars while giving me the cutting edge over all other non UMSAE graduates in getting a job in the industry. UMSAE gave me technical Engineering skills, but also provided me with leadership, one-to-one interactions with Industry sponsors, and an 'outside the box' thinking process. My success would not be possible without the people I had the honor of working with on these projects and more importantly the support provided by the generous sponsors that allowed us to make our designs become reality."