Felipe Rivadeneira

Public Relations Director

feliper@mail.usf.edu

561-294-7742

Why did you join the team?

My first word was “car”. All my toys as a kid were cars. My whole life I have been fascinated with cars and anything that can go fast around a track. The idea that I could join a proper racing team and live the life in college that I once dreamed about as a little kid was something I couldn’t resist.

What is your favorite part about being on the team?

Definitely seeing all the hard work from everyone come together. Starting as simple computer designs, to manufactured parts, and finally come together as a legitimate race car that is entirely designed and built by my team. That’s a beautiful process that can only be understood when you live through it.

What made you want to be a lead for your system / What made you want to take your position on E-Board?

I wanted to be a lead because I wanted to be able to look back in the future and know that I directed a subsystem for a race car, and that my hard work became reality when the car was finished. Not many people get to say they’ve done that in their life. I wanted to be Public Relations director because I feel like I’m good with people, and what better way to connect my people skills and love for racing, than to be the PR director for a race team? (2018 Drivetrain, 2019 PR Director)

What is your favorite car?

This one’s so tough to answer. I guess I’d go with an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. Manual, of course.

If you could drive our race car on any track in the world, which would it be?

Probably Suzuka Circuit in Japan. The S curves are mesmerizing.

Why do you think FSAE is important, and what would you say to people who are interested in joining?

FSAE is important – especially if you are studying engineering – because the amount of knowledge and real-world experience you gain is almost scary. It doesn’t compare in the slightest to regular class curriculum. You’re pretty much thrown into a team and told to build a race car, using concepts that you haven’t even learned in classes yet. Employers know this, too. If you want a job right out of college, join FSAE. But it’s not all scary; everyone on the team is ready to help others, and the resources available to those who want to learn are, literally, endless.