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Texas Tech Team Receives First Annual William R. "Bill" Adam Formula SAE® Grant for Rookie Teams

Warrendale, PA, Aug. 18, 2005 - Texas Tech TeamStudents from the Formula SAE team from Texas Tech University are the very first recipients of the William R. "Bill" Adam Formula SAE® (FSAE) Grant for Rookie Teams. The $500 grant, designated to be used toward the development of the vehicle or to help support travel expenses to the competition, was awarded to the team prior to this year's event, held May 18-22, 2005, at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, USA.

This grant honors William R. "Bill" Adam's contribution to FSAE and his lifelong dedication to mentoring young engineers. A 35-year member of SAE and long time supporter of FSAE, Bill was an engineer in the automotive industry for more than 40 years working on vehicle development, testing and correlation. He was a co-patent developer of integrated Manifold-Muffler-Catalyst design and had seven years experience with exhaust development and exhaust pass-by noise levels. Adam's widow, Pat, reviews the grant applications and selects the winning rookie team, defined as a team that has never competed or has not competed in FSAE in the last 5 years.

"Being a first year team, we don't have the luxury of contacts or knowledge of vendors that teams with a history have…," said Jason Leeth, captain of Texas Tech's FSAE team, in his grant application. He also said that travel for the 11-man team was under-funded. Other members of the 2005 team included: Joey Sanders, Michael Myhre, Travis Ansohn, Hieu Nguyen, Peter Miller, Carlos Gutierrez, Taylor Huey, Chris Goebel, Thom Bellion, Ryan Ward, Marco Fornari, Matthew Bryant, Jonathan Clayton, Sean Ofield, David Lynn, Rob Hutchinson, Matt White, Zach White, Bryan Beachy, Colin Niesen, Jeremy Niesen, Trilok Shetti and Chuck Morton.

Formula SAE is one of the featured events in the SAE's Collegiate Design Series, in which students are challenged to conceive, design, fabricate and compete with small formula-style race cars. Points are awarded for static events (presentation, design, and cost analysis) and dynamic events (acceleration, skid-pad, autocross, fuel economy, and endurance). The competitions are held currently in Australia, Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Texas Tech team made it to the 2005 FSAE and collected points in all the competition events except Endurance/Economy, where the car finally failed. The team placed 89th overall.