Bulls Racing Alumni

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Name: Avalon Wolff

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Name: Luis Barroso

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Name: Aum Patel

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Name: Madhup Paliwal

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Name: Aditya Yadav

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Name: Timothy Hublou

Location: Tampa

Employer: Pursuing Firefighter II at Tampa Fire Academy

Years with SAE: 2016-2019

I joined SAE with the expectation that I would learn how to work on my own vehicles. What I really learned over the course of three years was how to be a part of a team. I'm not an engineering major, and at first the team was pretty intimidating, but helping where I could allowed me to grow confident in myself, and I moved into an executive position where I felt I would best be able to help the team move forward. In those three years I learned hard and valuable lessons about leadership, teamwork, and myself. Those are the lessons that I will be able to apply to my future career in the medical field and beyond, and I'm thankful that USF's SAE team gave me the opportunity to learn and grow. (Pictured on left)

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Name: Zachary Evling

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Name: Shane Moore

Location: Huntersville North Carolina

Employer: Pratt & Miller Engineering 

Years with SAE: 2011-2015

"At my current job I travel with GM partner race teams and offer trackside support at tests. In addition to this, l develop vehicle and tire models for Pratt & Miller's proprietary Driver-in-the-Loop simulator used by GM NASCAR and IndyCar partners and Pratt & Miller's own Corvette Racing team. The whole reason I have this job is because of my time at USF's FSAE team. I was fortunate enough to learn from some extremely talented and knowledgeable engineers who were always willing to give me technical advice and feedback. FSAE allowed me the opportunity to meet some of my very best friends and gave me a wealth of great experiences that was well worth the sleepless nights, high stress, and less than stellar grades."

Name: Daniel Covillon

Location: Brooksville

Employer: Audi

Years with SAE: 2013-2016

"USF Racing opened my eyes to just how much there is to learn about vehicle design and manufacturing as well as how to plan, execute, and manage such a large project. While I may have been in charge of aerodynamic design while on the team, I picked up information on pretty much every sub system and how each impacts another. Not only that, but I've picked up valuable task management skills which I still use, even while working on small personal projects. Anyone who's ever had any interest in cars or anything with an engine that goes should join this team. Those who aren't really interested in cars should also join this team, because the experience gained here reaches far beyond just working with cars."

Name: Jacqueline LeBrun

Location: Milford, MI

Employer: General Motors

Title: Test and Investigation Engineer - Systems Engineering Test and Investigation

Years with SAE: 2011-2015 (cars F2012-F2015, President for F2015)

"SAE at USF is the entire reason why I have my job. Not only did I get a head start and hands-on experience with topics learned in class, my experience also gave me opportunities to speak in public, work with engineers in the industry, and work with interdisciplinary teammates toward a common goal. GM approached me about an open position after I spoke with a recruiter at FSAE Michigan and the rest is history. Joining USF Racing was the best decision I made at USF!"

Name: Matt Horton

Location: El Segundo, CA

Employer: Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Title: Mechanical Engineer

Years with SAE: 2012-2014 Formula SAE

"I consider my 2 years of SAE experience to be critical to the success of my career. During my interview, I leaned on SAE and my internship (which I landed because of my SAE experience) for supporting my argument of why I should be the one to get the job. USF SAE helped me develop invaluable technical and team skills that I continue to use everyday in my career."

Name: Jake Loebenberg

Location: Dearbornn MI

Employer: Ford Motor Company

Title: Mechanical Engineer

Years with SAE: 2010-2014 Formula SAE

 

"I guess I would want to say that Formula SAE was the most challenging and the most rewarding project that I have ever worked on. Working on this team gave me an opportunity to apply many of the principles taught in our ME curriculum. More importantly, we learned a lot about time management, communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, and many other important skills. After working on our team for several years, I think of every member of this team as a part of my family."

Name: Matthew Vassallo

Location: Saint Petersburg FL when home, Worldwide when working

Employer: Siemens

Title: Generator Specialist Engineer , Nuclear Fleet

Years with SAE: 2007-2010 Formula SAE

"Why SAE helped me? I come from a racing background so I already had a moderate base when coming to the University of South Florida. SAE and the college of engineering helped me become more well rounded adding a formal education and additional skills in teamwork."

Name: Simon Restrepo

Location: Charlotte, NC

Employer: Stewart-Haas Racing

Title: Support Engineer

Years with SAE: 2007-2010 Baja SAE, 2007-2013 Formula SAE

 

"USF Racing gave me the experience and skills to make my dream of working in motorsports a reality. USF Racing made me a well rounded candidate for racing that could fabricate, machine, design, manage, lead and work under high pressure. USF Racing also gave me the opportunity to network with suppliers, engineers and fellow SAE competitors that were fundamental at the time to look for employment after graduation. USF Racing has also given me life long friends ranging from teammates within our USF team to members of other SAE teams from around the world. Without USF Racing, I would not be where I am today. Go Bulls!"

Name: Andrew Bridges

Location: Lakeland, FL

Employer: MGL Engineering

Title: Project Engineer

Years with SAE: 2002-2007 Baja SAE

 

"SAE taught me the skills necessary to be successful in the engineering world. I learned about applications of what was learned in school, deadlines, working as a team, and that no task is insurmountable if you and your friends put your head to it."

Name: Kevin Edwards

Location: Greensboro, NC

Employer: Piedmont Hydro Technologies

Title: Owner, Lead Engineer

Years with SAE: 2000-2005 Baja SAE (President from 2001-2002) and 2004-2005 Formula SAE

 

"My time in SAE gave me valuable experience in engineering design, project management and in leading small technical teams. This experience has greatly helped as I have grown my business. Aside from the technical benefits, I made many lifelong friends through SAE, and even met my wife, Amy!"

Name: Dustin Bride

Location: Panama City Beach, FL

Employer: Naval Surface Warfare Center

Title: Mechanical Engineer

Years with SAE: 2007-2009 Baja SAE and Formula SAE

 

"SAE was the reason I had every job interview and offer while I was looking for employment. My current supervisor said during my interview SAE was the main reason that I was hired. I now design combat vehicles for the Marine Corps and without SAE our team here would not be nearly as successful as we have been. I use everything I learned in SAE from machining, welding, fabrication, computer aided design, FEA, management, and leadership skills on a daily basis. I wouldn’t be where I am today without USF SAE."

Name: Doug Sweet, PE

Location: Birmingham, AL

Employer: Doug Sweet & Associates, Inc.

Title: President, Part Owner

Years with SAE: 1977 Mini Baja

 

"The 1977 Mini Baja competition was an essential component of my USF education because it promoted practical use of knowledge gained in the final couple years in school. We quickly became a team as our advisor, Dr. Roger Crane, provided the basic guidance. As part of the 1st year for Baja participation by the USF College of Engineering we didn’t have last year’s vehicle to improve on, or could borrow ideas seen from entries by other schools. There was no Google search to see what concepts we could learn from other’s designs. However, we won a couple events and placed well in a few others. Following graduation I felt I had an edge on practical problem solving as I progressed into my career."

Name: Michael Woodworth

Location: Jacksonville, FL

Employer: Williams-Gray Co., Inc.

Title: VP of Technical Sales and Service, Part Owner

Years with SAE: 1977 Mini Baja

 

"This was a great exercise for product development and project management. We first focused on the key design features; we came up with minimal weight and good control over the rough terrain (no foot pedals, all hand controls on the steering wheel). Also, we had to get it done on time, we did, with maybe 2 days to spare! Also, when I was at USF I participated in the USF Sports Car Club and was president for a year. We had just about monthly autocrosses in a parking lot located where the basketball stadium is today, plus on some old-old runways over behind Busch Gardens. Then about 1976 we hosted the Florida State Autocross Championship in the engineering parking lot!"

 

Michael also had the opportunity to work on an electric Bugatti owned by Dean Kopp of the College of Engineering.

Name: Amy Gamett Edwards

Location: Greensboro, NC

Employer: Piedmont Hydro Technologies

Title: Part-Owner, Engineer, Office Manager, Buyer, Accountant, Web Admin (Everything Kevin Edwards doesn't want to do)

Years with SAE: 2001-2005 Baja SAE

 

"Aside from just being fun, my time in SAE was a necessary compliment for me to the academic part of engineering school. I gained a lot of practical knowledge, both technically about design and fabrication, and about how to organize and manage projects to bring a product into the world, with constraints on time and budget. Unlike many of my peers who had grown up building things, without SAE, I would have had no experience applying any of the concepts I learned in class. During my first job interview, it was great to be able to cite experiences from SAE when asked how I would handle a given hypothetical situation, as inevitably there had been a similar problem in SAE we’d had to solve. SAE definitely helped me get that first job, and I met lifelong friends (and my husband, Kevin!) in the process."

Name: Nic Frey

Location: Hawthorne, CA

Employer: General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

Title: Vehicle Development Engineer

Years with SAE: 2003-2008 Baja and Formula SAE (President from 2006-2007)

 

"The lessons and practices learned while on the USF SAE team are literal real world experience. As an actively involved member I was a step ahead of other non-SAE mechanical engineering students. Specifically, employers considered me “above entry level” given the fact I had 5 years of practical engineering experience prior to graduation. SAE taught me how to apply the information learned in class and think of innovate solutions to problems I faced. The club allowed me to hone my communication abilities and function well in a team environment. Those are both extremely important skills that are rare of engineers and in high demand in the engineering fields. As President, I learned invaluable experience in project management, budgeting, labor allocation, planning, and personnel management which prepared me for more senior level positions immediately in my career. In depth involvement in SAE will prepare you for every aspect of business and as well as the real world of engineering. I am now the lead vehicle development engineer for a high performance off-road military vehicle. A lot of the companies I made contact with as a student in SAE, trying to secure sponsorships and race parts, are the same companies I meet with on a weekly basis to decide how their technologies can be utilized on our vehicle."

Name: Young "Mino" Kim

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Employer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Title: Project Engineer

Years with SAE: 2004-2006 Baja and Formula SAE

 

"SAE allowed me to utilize the concepts learned through coursework in real world applications. While in SAE you are responsible for your projects to your commitments and deadlines. Also i learned to work as a team which has been essential when working on large programs in my career."

Name: Ned Buschelman

Location: Newport News, VA

Employer: CSX Rail in Jacksonville, FL

Title: Catapult Alignment Engineer

Years with SAE: 2006-2008 Baja and Formula SAE

 

"SAE prepared me for my career with lessons in time management and how to communicate as a team. I learned basic drafting techniques as well as machining capabilities."