SAE Collegiate Chapter

UNC Asheville hosts a student collegiate chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).  Many of the chapter's members are involved in the group's main project:  designing and building an electric race car for the international Formula SAE Electric competition, held annually in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Other activities include skill shares, joint meetings with practicing professionals from the Carolina Section of SAE, and fun community service events.

SAE makes use of UNC Asheville's new STEAM Studio at the RAMP (River Arts Makers Place).  This 11,000 square foot innovation center is located adjacent to the campus at 91 Riverside Drive and opened for use in January of 2017.

Faculty Advisor:  Dave Erb   (828) 258-7659

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Student Membership:  $25 annual

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From senior Mechatronics major, Lindsi Jones:   "This project truly is an interdisciplinary experience!  As a senior currently interviewing for a permanent job, the questions I get are always geared toward my hands-on experience.  Employers want to see what you did outside the classroom.  One employer asked, "Describe an opportunity where you had to design an original part and then how you acquired it, did you machine it, print it, etc.?"  SAE competition in the Collegiate Design Series provides students with experience and employers know about FSAE... and THEY LOVE IT!  BorgWarner specifically looks for FSAE experience when hiring interns.  UNC Asheville is the first school in the UNC system to attempt the Formula SAE Electric Competition."