Engineering Students Partner with evGrand Prix

The Anderson University engineering program has recently decided to participate in the 2019 evGrand Prix: Autonomous Division. This event is run yearly by Purdue University Motorsports. This year will mark the event’s tenth year of electric go-kart racing, however, it will mark the first collegiate autonomous race.

Historically, this event has involved an electric go-kart with a human driver. This year, the event is going driverless. This greatly exercises AU engineering disciplines such as our mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering students.

“This project will be great for the engineering students,” said Dr. Benjamin McPheron, assistant professor of electrical engineering. “The challenges in integrating sensors, actuators, and mechanical systems on this vehicle, along with an autonomous algorithm, will be a great, multidisciplinary learning experience for our students.”

Dr. McPheron went on to discuss the idea of how this project will equip his students with real-world experience. He said, “A number of our students are interested in autonomous vehicles, and there are many available jobs within the state of Indiana for students with this experience.”

You can catch all of the action in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indy 500 festivities.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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