SAE Supermileage: Heading Home

6/8/2013

Early Departure Home

Early Departure Home

The Route

The Route

 

At 7:43 am the convoy rolls out of the Shell station adjacent to the Marshall, MI Comfort Inn, bound for home. The anticipation of going home almost matches the excitement of arriving. Though the lack of rest over the last few days is evident on their faces, so is their competitive spirit. The talk of the morning is surprisingly not of home and rest, but of next year’s return. This team wants a trophy and is already planning how to earn one.

The sun is shining, and although there is rain in the forecast for the near future, the future of these team members is brightened considerably by the experience of participating in a project such as this. The long term planning and preparation, the meticulous execution, the teamwork, the experience overcoming unexpected setbacks, the connections made with professionals and fellow students from around the country and Canada, even the looking to future improvements the very morning after the conclusion of this year’s contest all have invaluable real world applications which touch upon the core values of an engineering education at the University of New Haven Tagliatela College of Engineering. While the team did not finish with as high a total mileage as they wished, I don’t think the number matters as much as the way they comported themselves on the way to an outstanding top ten finish. In this competition there are no guarantees, as evidenced by the fact that more than one long time competitor was unable to finish the race, and several were knocked out of the competition by lesser challenges and setbacks than the one this team overcame. They deserve our applause.

Mr. Kelley and I were so impressed with the performance of the little Charger vehicle that we even decided to save the school a little gas money on the long ride home.   

 

Getting A Tow

Getting A Tow

                 

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