SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University’s Blue Devil Motorsports teams will spend this spring speeding around racetracks and flying high in the sky. And the public will get a chance to see their latest creations at the annual BDM Unveiling event, Tuesday, April 4.
The unveiling begins at 12:15 p.m. in the atrium of LTU’s Buell Building (building 5 at www.ltu.edu/map).
Teams participating in the event, all from LTU’s College of Engineering, are:
- Formula SAE, a competition for student-designed and student-built half-scale Indy-style racing cars. This team will compete against other universities May 17-20 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
- Baja SAE, a competition for student-designed and student-built off-road vehicles. This team will compete May 4-7 in Oshkosh, Wis.
- SAE Formula Electric, a competition for student-designed and student-built electric vehicles. This team will compete twice: May 1-5 in Loudon, N.H., and June 14-17 at Michigan International Speedway.
- SAE Aero Design, in which students designed, build, and fly a remote-controlled, unmanned cargo aircraft. This team will compete April 14-16 in Fort Worth, Texas.
- LTU’s College of Engineering team in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, an event for autonomous vehicles sponsored by companies and government agencies in the defense community, to be held June 2-5 at Oakland University in Rochester.
“Lawrence Technological University is educating the transportation visionaries of tomorrow, and we hope many people take the opportunity to see how their best ideas have been transformed into real-world vehicles at the Blue Devil Motorsports unveiling,” said LTU President Tarek M. Sobh.
LTU has a long history in Formula SAE, a competition organized by SAE International (previously known as the Society of Automotive Engineers) and first held in 1979. The event is held in the spring at several sites around the country; LTU hosted the national event three times in the 1980s. Last year’s LTU team finished third in the nation out of 132 teams for its business presentation.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.