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Goodyear hosts SAE engineering students

Engineering students from eight universities came to Akron, Ohio, to compete at the 2011 Goodyear Formula SAE Shootout competition on Sept. 17, 2011. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. invited the select universities, participating in the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), to its Akron Proving Grounds for the day-long competition.

Engineering students competed in autocross and endurance races. Goodyear also uses this event as an opportunity to recruit engineering students for full-time and co-op/ intern positions at the company’s Innovation Center.

"Goodyear is excited to be once again hosting our FSAE Shootout,” says Brian Jakubowski, a development engineer for the tiremaker who serves as FSAE program coordinator. “The skills and talents that these engineering students exhibit in designing and building these cars are the same skills that will make excellent engineers when they graduate.”

Formula SAE is a student design competition in which college students create, test and race scale models of Formula One racecars. The event began in the 1980s in the U.S. Since its inception, the competition has spread to universities around the world.

Goodyear says it has built a strong relationship with FSAE as a tire builder for the race teams and as a sponsor of the organization. Goodyear supports young engineers and uses this event to help students understand the important role tires play in the performance of a vehicle. The company manufactures the high-performance tires used on the FSAE vehicles at its Akron Innovation Center.

Participating universities include: The University of Akron, Rochester Institute of Technology, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Illinois, Purdue University, Virginia Tech, Michigan State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

The results of the Autocross are as follows: 1. Missouri University of Science and Technology 2. Rochester Institute of Technology 3. University of Akron 4. University of Illinois 5. Michigan State University 6. Purdue University 7. University of Pittsburgh 8. Virginia Tech University.

Endurance results are: 1. University of Akron 2. Missouri University of Science and Technology 3. Michigan State University 4. University of Pittsburgh. All other universities failed to complete the Endurance Race.

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