Off to the races: 2013 car revealed

Senior Matt Monson, a mechanical engineering major in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and chief engineer of the WU Racing Team, gives a big thumbs-up after helping to reveal the team’s 2013 race car April 25 in Danforth University Center. Mechanical engineering junior Surjan Singh (far right), president of WU Racing, shows off the car to interested students. Each May, the WU Racing Team, including about 22 WUSTL students, participates in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition at Michigan International Speedway, competing against 119 other schools from around the world. The competition evaluates all aspects of the prototype car, including on-track performance, marketability, manufacturing, engineering design and cost efficiency. “Team members gain valuable hands-on experience to complement what they learn in the classroom,” said team member Tyler Willibrand, senior mechanical engineering major. “These hands-on experiences are crucial after graduation and, I believe, make us the best up-and-coming engineers.” (Credit: Whitney Curtis)