Monash engineering motorsport

Monash engineering

Life in the fast lane

By Michelle Wheeler

Monash engineering students are racing to the top.

The Monash Motorsport team is set to compete in Europe after racing their way to a seventh consecutive Australasian Formula SAE win in December 2015. Team leader Areeb Hassan says the group designs, builds and tests all their vehicles from scratch, and they are “really fun to drive”.

Unlike a highway, the tracks are tight and packed with slaloms and hairpin turns. “We need to make a car that’s not necessarily super fast in a straight line but can corner quickly,” she says.

The Monash Unmanned Aerial Systems team created an autonomous plane in 2014 to find a dummy (posing as a lost bushwalker), confirm its GPS coordinates and drop it a bottle of water – all without human intervention.

The group was the highest ranking university team in the international open competition.

Whatever your interests, clubs can give you valuable experience in management, manufacturing and teamwork.

“When we go overseas, we get industry exposure and connections. A lot of us get jobs through meeting people at competitions,” says Areeb. “It’s an awesome experience.”

TO GET THERE: Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at Monash University
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