IndyCar Race Engineer Joins IUPUI Motorsports Engineering Faculty
August 23, 2011
- Jamie Olson
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IndyCar Performance Engineer Scott Raymond is steering his motorsports career in a new direction: the Motorsports Engineering Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
This fall, Raymond is bringing his winning engineering track record to the nationally-unrivaled program, becoming the newest faculty member added to help groom the next generation of motorsports greats.
“Scott is the perfect man for the job,” said Pete Hylton, Director of Motorsports Engineering at IUPUI. “Not only is he a world-class engineer who has proven himself in a highly competitive industry, he’s also extremely skilled at sharing his expertise with others. Scott’s academic pedigree, years of professional racing experience and his palpable love for motorsports are exactly what we need to keep growing our program and equipping our students with the absolute best training to excel in the motorsports business.”
Now entering its fourth year, the B.S. in Motorsports Engineering degree program began in 2008 at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. The first and only of its kind in the nation, the program is an unbeatable combination of Purdue University engineering courses and real-world motorsports experience – all positioned in the heart of the racing capital of the world.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to take on this challenge,” explained Raymond. “I love what IUPUI is doing to connect with motorsports businesses, assess the industry’s challenges and develop students who are already exceeding everyone’s expectations. I’m excited to invest in these students and contribute to this remarkable program.”
Many students returning to the program this year have spent the summer months working with top IndyCar and NASCAR teams at some of the biggest races in the sport, including the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 race. Others learned first-hand how to plan, promote, manage and run a racing series as part of a partnership with the United States Auto Club’s Elite 8 Midget Series.
Students from around the country are heading back to class in Indianapolis this week, with the opportunity to enroll in courses like Raymond’s Intro to Motorsports, Motorsports Modeling, and Data Acquisition for Motorsports. Also offered this fall is a new Motorsports Aerodynamics course, in addition to other courses, clubs and motorsports experiences open to students.
For more information, visit: www.engr.iupui.edu/motorsports/.