The Formula SAE competition tasks students to design, build, and engineer a vehicle that fulfills the requirements of a potential customer- an amateur driving enthusiast. Starting from the ground and building up, each team optimizes their own design to compete against an international group of universities where they are judged on the cost, business case, and design itself before hitting the track for a variety of dynamic driving events. Formula SAE pushes students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real-world project. Having the opportunity to oversee and complete the design of both specific parts and the overall systems provides team members an unparalleled experience of seeing a high-level project to completion. With applications ranging from the automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, and data acquisition, students can prepare themselves to engineer where they’re needed most.
Antonis Gasteratos is Professor and Chair in the Department of Production Engineering and Management of the Democritus University of Thrace and Director of the Laboratory of Robotics and Automation in the same section. He teaches Mechatronics, Robotics, Control Systems, Electronics, Computer Vision and Simulation. He has PhD in engineering and teaches at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Thrace. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Engineering of Genoa University Department of Informatics and Telematics (1999-2000).