The University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences has announced revived support for autonomous student association Motorsport, as part of a push to encourage student involvement with industry and accelerate practical learning.
Early last month, Motorsport presented their business case for renewed support to the Faculty Executive Group and received significant backing of $140k in return.
The revived alliance is a positive indicator for success on the global stage, with the Motorsport team already designing a vehicle to take to Formula SAE Australasia in 2018.
In return for Faculty support, Motorsport will generate philanthropic funds and engage in outreach activities. With support for 750 hours of mechanical workshop time, the Faculty have also taken action to propose a new university unit to integrate the project into the UWA Engineering curriculum.
Co-leader of Motorsport, Chris Rogers, said “We are grateful for the generous support the Faculty has shown us. It allows us to set and achieve new goals, opening the door to vast opportunities for university students across a wide range of disciplines.”
“With Motorsport’s history of achievement, winning the trophy for Engineering Design four times and collecting more than thirty trophies for individual events, we know the EMS Faculty stands with us and will share in our success.”
Comprised of a team of more than 30 volunteer students who work together to conceive, design, build, test and race a vehicle to compete in Formula SAE competitions world-wide, Motorsport hope to develop their members’ technical skills, as well as give them practical experience in engineering enterprise.
Motorsport co-lead, Skevos Karpathakis, said he looked forward to the benefits the support would bring to fellow team members and students.
“We hope to promote a rewarding culture of excellence amongst our members while engaging with the engineering industry and the wealth of student talent that exists at UWA”, said Skevos. “There is enormous mutual value in this collaboration and we look forward to developing it further.”
Professor John Dell, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of EMS, said he was pleased by the revived collaboration.
“The Faculty is excited to be supporting this successful student association and anticipate a fruitful return on investment for both students and the Faculty”, said Professor Dell.
Motorsport and the EMS Executive Group plan to meet again to further develop the initiative.
Lauren Humfrey (UWA Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 2260