Any large engineering project has numerous administrative responsibilities and concerns that need to be addressed. As a result, administration is a large part of Formula Motorsports, with each student taking on both technical and administrative responsibilities. The main goals of the administrative teams are to train for the competition, promote the team, manage resources, and raise funds for the program.
The business presentation event brings together a team of engineering and business students to create a complete business plan and visual presentation for operating a company and bringing our car to market. At competition, our presentation is evaluated by a panel of judges as a part of our team's overall score. There are opportunities to develop skills such as digital design, 3D modeling, animations, financial analysis, market forecasting, industrial process design, and public speaking. In addition to the presentation event, Business & Finance Team is responsible for tracking team spending throughput the fiscal year and allocating budgets for tech teams based upon analysis of previous years' data.
The public relations group goal is to promote the team to the rest of the university and Seattle community. As the public face of the team, members of the PR team attend numerous events such as the Seattle International Auto Show, Engineering Discovery Days, Paws on Science, engineering society fairs, and student activity fairs. We love to show off our cars, tell people about what we do, and let people know how they can get involved in the project as part of the team or as a sponsor. Public relations is also responsible for the team website content, newsletter, and press releases, and the production various promotional materials including videos, t-shirts, and informational packets.
Resource management is responsible for the oversight of team resources, facilities, and safety to ensure maximum workflow efficiency. Our goal is to make sure our team has everything that it needs to successfully build a competitive racecar, while keeping our workspaces functional and organized in the process. This includes maintaining our personal protective equipment (PPE) supply, storage areas, shop equipment and tools, as well as updating safety data sheets (SDS), disposing of chemicals and waste, and coordinating shop and fire extinguisher safety training for members as required by the mechanical engineering department.
The sponsorship team provides the backbone for the team's manufacturing needs in terms of procuring donations of money, materials, and services. We are in constant contact with both local and internationally operating companies who provide the most integral components in making this project possible. Members on the sponsorship team can expect to receive valuable experience in communicating with industry that is looked on by engineering recruiters as an important skill. In addition, successful individuals on the sponsorship team will get to know important figures within the local engineering community.
There is a lot of technology that is required to fully design and validate a formula racecar. Our technology team is in charge of providing software repositories, educating team members on the best software practices (such as version control), maintaining a fleet of insanely fast CAD computers, making sure our software licenses are up to date, and running the team website.