Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Muralidhar Ghantasala

Second Advisor

Bade Shrestha


Formula SAE is a student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Each year SAE hosts a collegiate competition for teams of university students to design, build, and compete with a formula-style vehicle. Students from all around the world collaborate to engineer and manufacture a competition worthy racecar. Each component of the vehicle is designed from scratch, using calculated load cases to optimize weight and strength. Once the car is built, students will test and validate their vehicle. Not every team has the opportunity to validate the critical load cases the vehicle is designed around. This senior design project consists of fully instrumenting Western Michigan’s current Formula SAE vehicle to validate worst case load scenarios and establish benchmarks. This project will compare live data recorded from the vehicle to previous benchmarks to determine the true scope of the vehicle’s design.


Co-authored with:

Mitch MacDermaid

Collin Howard

Jared Walejewski

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation