At Formula SAE I was exposed to numerous engineering and other experiences.

My primary contribution was as Electrical System Lead from 2012-2016, overseeing the design, construction, and operation of the system for those years (3 different cars) as well as tuning the internal combustion engine for all those years.

While electrical systems lead, I was responsible for several key areas and projects, including: power distribution, engine control, wiring, sensors, and data acquisition.

One of my most notable projects on the team involved the creation of a power distribution system. This system monitored power draw, provided data to the engine control unit via CAN bus, and eliminated fuses and relays in favor of solid state devices.

Power Distribution System – this unit contained adjustable overcurrent protection, voltage sensing, CAN bus communications, and general purpose input/output ports.

In addition to the above power distribution project, each year I was responsible for designing and building the wiring harness for the race car, selecting wiring components, creating electrical schematics, creating system schematics, and physically constructing the wiring harness.

Wiring harness construction – varying degrees of construction stages from wire routing on a mapped table, to twisting of the harness wires and addition of heat shrink.

I was also responsible for selecting many electrical and related components (sensors, control units, wire, connectors) for the race car. I worked with other team members to determine needs for data acquisition to complement system designs. Using off-the-shelf control modules I set up and tuned the car’s engine – a CBR600RR 4 cylinder motorcycle engine. Each year creating custom fuel and timing maps, to improve engine developed power/torque-meeting driver needs-and ensuring a competitive car made it to competition.

Volumetric Efficiency table of the SwoopD3 racecar, tuned using a Motec M130 ECU. (The M1 ECU uses efficiency to calculate fuel injector timing, making it different than other ECUs which have “Fuel Tables”)

In all I achieved measurable success by improving competition electrical system scores from 2012 to 2015 by over 75%. This as rated by industry specialists, engineers, technical experts, and others.

My most significant experience from Osprey Racing was of true teamwork. Osprey Racing was a paramount example of making something from nothing. Cumulative years of hard work, passion, expertise, sleepless nights, and dedication by members, officers, leaders, and friends led to one of UNF’s most successful organizations to date. Osprey Racing earned its name both at the Formula SAE competition and at UNF.