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Motorsports Master's: IUPUI takes motorsports education to the next degree


April 30, 2012

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The unmatched Motorsports Engineering Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is expanding its degree offerings to include a master’s degree with a concentration in motorsports, starting in the fall of 2012.

“In a sport where legends are born of split-second victories and precision aerodynamics are the unsung heroes of the track, every fine-tuned detail counts,” said Tom Weisenbach,executive director of the Indiana Motorsports Association (IMA). “And, as technologies have peaked to near-full potential in terms of on-track speed and power, innovation is a must for any motorsports business seeking to make their mark. That’s why we’re thrilled IUPUI’s respected program is taking motorsports education to the next level for their students and the industry as a whole.”

Advanced motorsports offerings, such as Motorsports Aerodynamics, Advanced Vehicle Dynamics and Continuous Combustion Engines, as well as Motorsports Project Management and practicum classes, will be combined with graduate-level Purdue technology courses to ‘fuel to the fire’ of the best technical minds in the sport.

The program’s schedule and design will be specifically tailored to meet the needs of working adults as well as recent grads interested in expanding their engineering and technical know-how. Graduates of the 33-credit-hour program will earn a Purdue University Master of Science in Technology degree with a Motorsports Concentration.

“We’ve experienced an incredible response from members of the motorsports industry as well as students since our Bachelor’s of Science program began four years ago,” said Pete Hylton, director of the Motorsports Engineering Program at IUPUI. “With the firm establishment of our undergraduate program and countless requests to provide more, our industry advisors have helped us develop a graduate-level program to give recent grads and working professionals an extra edge to excel at the top of their field.”

In 2008, the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI became the first school in the U.S. to offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Motorsports Engineering—right in the heart of the racing capital of the world. In four years, the program has grown to include nearly 100 students from around the country and the world. Student success stories range from racing records, to pre-graduation intern and job placement with multiple race teams, to student engineering and design contributions to a history-making top-fuel dragster.

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