Few things are more exciting to engineering students than designing, building, and testing formula-style race cars. However much fun University of Washington students are having in the UWashington Formula Motorsports (FSAE) team, they’re still learning important Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) concepts. FEA and CFD simulation software aren’t taught much at the undergraduate level, though, according to Kevin Tam, UW engineering student and FSAE team member.
Enter Butch Vision, SimuTech Group’s Vice President of Engineering. When the FSAE team needed help, Vision answered the call. “I feel that it’s important to help students as much as I can, given how important engineering is and how beneficial real-life engineering problem-solving skills are,” said Vision, who’s also one of SimuTech’s key FEA engineers. Vision has made several visits to the UW campus to give students hands-on lessons in ANSYS® FEA simulation software, volunteering his time and giving guidance and advice.