SEVERE WX : High Wind Warning - Wind Advisory - Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts

Oregon Tech Students Build Cars to Compete on World Stage

In both Baja and Formula 1 divisions, Oregon Tech has an unprecedented program for a small, public university, which competes on an international stage every year.

Posted: Apr 9, 2019 10:58 AM

KLAMATH FALLS -- The Oregon Tech engineering program is well-known throughout the region, but its curriculum is not contained solely within the walls of a classroom. Every now and then, it finds its way onto a race track on campus. 

Students at OIT build Baja and Formula 1 cars essentially from scratch every single year, a project requiring work from students of many different educational backgrounds. 

“We design and build 100 percent of this car other than the few parts that we buy off the shelf, which are the shocks and the engine," said Auddie Reynolds, the club's president on campus. 

The program has been going continuously since 2013, but dates back to the 1990's. When current Oregon Tech Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, & Management, Brian Moravec, took over the program 15 years ago, it began to take off.

“I worked at Boeing, I had worked in the industry for 10 years before I came to teach here," Moravec explained, "I wanted us to move up to a higher level.”

This year, the school has a budget in the range of $20,000 to $25,000, almost all of which is dependent on fundraising in the community and through corporate partnerships. As a result, there are business majors in the program as well, who work on securing a lot of that funding.

Moravec mentioned companies like Boeing, Intel, and Nike as just a few that send recruiters specifically to see students in the program. These students' passion and expertise leads them to several competitions every year and one in California that sees them matched up against 100 different schools from as far as China, Abu Dhabi, Mexico, Canada and more. These competitions also involve some domestic engineering powerhouses like the University of Michigan, MIT, and Texas A&M.

With such intense competition and based on lessons learned in past years, the car designs seem to improve year after year. 

"They get smaller and smaller, lighter and lighter," Reynolds said, "And they've gotten faster and faster every year." 

As one might imagine, to perfect these models and make sure they're able to run in international competitions year in and year out, it requires a sizable time commitment. 

"For the number of hours, it's like another part-time job, if not a full time job," Reynolds said. 

Reynolds is now in his fifth year in the program and his point of view reflects those of many participants, which shows why the long hours in the shop on top of those in the classroom, are worth it. 

"I love engineering and I love race cars, so you combine those two together, this is my hobby," Reynolds said, "I don't do this for a grade." 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 154554

Reported Deaths: 2204
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31785528
Washington21060212
Marion18335285
Clackamas13310175
Lane10172126
Jackson8299111
Umatilla763181
Deschutes591859
Yamhill375964
Linn356556
Malheur334358
Polk302942
Klamath277455
Douglas242853
Benton231816
Josephine231649
Jefferson195028
Coos142519
Union127519
Columbia124321
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106329
Morrow104414
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6487
Curry4166
Tillamook4122
Lake3746
Harney2726
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3554629

Reported Deaths: 51395
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118754221106
Riverside2891853749
San Bernardino2853342673
Orange2603483889
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1098411765
Kern102627811
Fresno947941412
Sacramento929441464
Alameda800881224
Ventura77238834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55775944
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38763515
San Francisco34061398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano29968164
Merced28915395
Sonoma27954298
Imperial26843589
Kings21951218
Placer19713231
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15390209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12760185
Shasta10944174
Butte10915160
El Dorado9095100
Napa897668
Sutter884597
San Benito574359
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada393274
Mendocino379643
Amador344441
Humboldt316033
Lake313440
Glenn221023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3947
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Medford
Mostly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 41°
Brookings
Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 42°
Medford
Mostly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 24° Lo: 15°
Feels Like: 41°
Medford
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 41°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
29° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: °
Wetter and windy Friday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events