COUNTDOWN TO COMPETITION!
FEB 4, 2016We had our last lecture today and are ready to get the car rolling! We're determined to get our car on the track in Michigan! Help us get there by coming to shop hours each week from now until competition. Hope to see you there!
JOIN OUR EV AND EFI TEAMS!
AUG 31, 2015This year, we at UCLA SMV are planning on doing something new: building a single passenger drivable Electrical Vehicle! If you are a talented, hands-on EE/CS major who enjoys working on a team, then we want you onboard! Interested more in software? Check out the Electronic Fuel injection (EFI) group for our gas car. For more information, we will have an info meeting on 9/30/15 5:00 PM at the Student Creativity Center. Also feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POWERING UP FOR FALL QUARTER
OCT 08, 2014Thank you to all the people that stopped by at the shop to talk to the team! Hopefully all you guys are excited to start working on the design of the next SuperMileage Vehicle! If you are still on the verge about the sub-system you want to join, come by to all the shop hours and check out the ideas of each of the sub-system leads. If you guys were not able to make it to the two meetings this week, do not be alarmed, there are weekly meetings you can attend to find out the sub-system that is perfect for you! The weekly meetings will be Tuesdays at 6:30pm on the 2nd Floor of Boelter Hall.
THE START OF A NEW YEAR
OCT 05, 2014For everyone that is interested in SuperMileage at UCLA, make sure that you stop by for our first meetings! We will be able to show you guys last years car and hopefully introduce everyone to all of the leads and team members. The upcoming meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday October 7 at 6pm for all Society of Automotive Engineers(SAE) clubs. The location will be in the Student Creativity Center on the 2nd floor of Boelter Hall. On Wednesday at 6:30pm we will have a SMV only meeting in the same place to talk more in depth about everything we will being doing for the next year. This is the time come talk to the leads about the awesome ideas they have for our next SuperMileage Vehicle! Hope to see everyone there!
Established in 2006, UCLA SuperMileage is a student engineering organization which designs and produces a vehicle designed to attain the highest possible fuel efficiency. The vehicle carries a single person and is designed to be as lightweight and aerodynamic as possible. Numerous other considerations regarding rigorous safety and technical requirements and engine modification are also taken into account when designing the vehicle. The team competes in two events every year: the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas and the SuperMileage Competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Members of the team primarily are majoring in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, although there are a few in Electrical Engineering as well as Materials Science and Engineering. Through participation on the team, students gain hands-on project experience that supplements the engineering curriculum. Students learn teamwork skills, computer aided design and drafting (CAD), various machining and fabrication techniques, and sustainable engineering practices.
Currently, the UCLA team record fuel efficiency stands at 1239 miles per gallon, set in 2009. This year, however, the team aims to break that score. With the lightest car on record, a new, smoother fairing, and a newly implemented electronic fuel injection system, the vehicle is expected to achieve a fuel efficiency in the range of 1500-2000mpg. The team also aims to win back the SAE Best Design Proposal Award. Every year at the SAE SuperMileage Competition, teams are required to submit a design proposal detailing their respective vehicles. The UCLA team won the award in 2010 and placed second in 2011 out of over 30 teams. The team has also won the Eco-Design Award at the Shell Eco-Marathon in 2009 and 2010 out of nearly 100 teams for utilizing the most sustainable practices in fabricating the vehicle.
Unlike other schools in which students must competitively apply to join such a team, any student at UCLA may join the team and attend competition. Students are not required to participate for a certain amount of time per week to retain membership, but may come and go based on availability. However, members are strongly encouraged to attend at least two hours of "shop hours" per week in order to make the most out of their membership in the club. The more time a student puts into the team, the more skills that student will receive which can enhance that student's resume significantly. Furthermore, if a member desires to be given team responsibilities and/or to become an officer in the club, the member must regularly attend shop hours to prove themselves reliable. Current and past members of the team have been accepted into graduate programs at schools such as MIT and Stanford University and have received jobs at companies such as Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, NASA (JPL), and Boeing, to name a few.
Aditya is a 3rd year Electrical Engineering major and is the president of UCLA SMV. He performs administrative duties to help organize all aspects of the club and works closely with UCLA faculty, alumni, and corporate sponsors. In his spare time, he enjoys eating strange foods and driving around haphazardly on his motorbike.
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
Ryan is a third year mechanical engineer and this year's Chief Technical Officer. Originally from Las Vegas, his interests include following the latest technology and enjoying nature.
Kelsey is a third year mechanical engineering student. She is this year's Structure Lead, who helps design and build the body of the car. She enjoys playing soccer and traveling.
Grant is a third year Material Science and Engineering major from Davis, California. He enjoys working with composites to help the structures team build the most efficient car possible. He also likes to draw.
Structures - Software
Colin is a fourth year Chemical Engineering major and the Software lead. He teaches the team to use industry-grade CFD and FEA software to validate their designs. He enjoys punk rock and DnD.
Khurram is currently a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. This year, he's in charge of creating a functional and fluid steering system to improve the drivability of the vehicle. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, a hobby he adopted during his time growing up in Dubai!
Nick is a second year mechanical engineering student. This year, he is in charge of engine testing and integration into the drive train. He has passions for physics and pretty much anything that has to do with engineering. He also loves running and has competed in multiple half marathons and 5K's.
Tyrus is a third year mechanical engineer. This year he is in charge of the EFI team. In his free team, he enjoys playing soccer.
Abhishek is a second year Mechanical engineering student. He is in charge of all business relations for the SMV team. In his free time he enjoys working on sustainability projects and checking out the latest supercars.
Kristen is a third year CS major and this year's SMV webmaster in charge of maintaining and designing the club's website. She is also a member of the EFI team. In her free time, she likes to play tennis, go out to try new boba places, and watch TV.
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