School of Mechanical Engineering Club ‘YUSAE’ wins 'overall best' repeatedly in large-scale contests such as in Gunsan
Continuously participated in domestic and foreign contests such as in the US, England and Japan to gain experience since 2000
Established College of Mechanical and IT Engineering and the Department of Automotive Engineering in preparation of the 4th industrial revolution
[August 22, 2017]
<The YU self-made automobile club 'YUSAE' who won the ‘2017 KSAE College Student Self-Made Automobile Contest’>
The YU School of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Automotive Engineering's self-made automobile club 'YUSAE' team swept large-scale college self-made automobile contests this year.
The YU YUSAE team won the grand prix at the '2017 KSAE College Student Self-Made Automobile Contest' that recently ended at the Saemangeum Gunsan Automobile Race Track. The YUSAE team took first place in the BAJA section joined by a total of 103 teams and won the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Award, a cash prize of 5 million won, and the winner's flag. The YUSAE team received high scores in various areas such as automobile test, auto-cross, endurance etc. In particular, in the last endurance race, it caught up 100 meters in the final lap of 35 laps to Hanbat University, and passed the finish line, creating the highlight of this event.
The YUSAE team also showed unparalleled performance at the '2017 PRIME Baja SAE' at YU last month taking first place, making this second overall victory. This is the first time for an automobile designed and produced by the same university to win two large-scale college student self-made automobile contests in the same year.
<'YUSAE' in an endurance race at the ‘2017 KSAE College Student Self-made Automobile Contest’>
Cha Joon-ho (25, School of Mechanical Engineering, senior) of the YUSAE team said, "Team members shared opinions for ech part such as suspension, engine and frame in the automobile design stage and cooperated to make perfect designs. In the production stage, we minimize the range of error with the design to produce the automobile, which I think led to the great results."
YUSAE, which was the first team in Korea to participate in the US Baja Contest in 2000, participated in the US Baja 14 times and also participated in the Formula contest of England, Japan and Australia, and the 'Shell Low Fuel Consumption Contest' of Malaysia to enhance their capacities in various domestic and foreign self-made automobile contests. The YUSAE team took three overall wins and second place one time in the past four years at the 'Baja SAE KOREA', and also took the gold medal at the '2016 KSAE Formula Contest', thereby solidifying its position as one of the strongest teams for self-made automobile contests for college students.
<'YUSAE' that took overall first place at the ‘2017 Baja SAE KOREA’>
Such achievements were not made overnight. This was the fruit of the ceaseless efforts of professors and students. YU ewas the first to host the Baja SAE in Korea in 1996. Professors worked hard to be able to host the international event and won sponsorships from automobile companies, and has thus successfully held the Baja SAE successfully for the 22nd year. Students have operated the self-made automobile club since 1992 to improve their practical capacities by producing automobiles based on the theories they learned in their regular courses.
It is expected that the potentials of YU professors and students in the Department of Automotive Engineering will gain a synergy effect by linking up with the Ministry of Education's 'Program for Industrial Needs - Matched Education (PRIME)' being pursued by YU. YU separated the majors of electric, electronics, computer, information communication, and mechanical in its college of engineering in the past to establish the 'College of Mechanical and IT Engineering', and also established the Department of Automotive Engineering in this college and accepted its first freshmen class. Accordingly, it is expected that it will lead the fostering of human resources and develop the future-oriented automobile industry such as self-driving vehicles and electric vehicles, which were pointed out as prospective industries that will create future industrial value.
<Car parade of the '2017 Baja SAE Korea' held at YU>
YU Department of Automotive Engineering Dean Hwang Pyeong said, "Simply making a department does not give competitiveness. Hosting the international self-made automobile contests for 22 years and concentrating on the fostering of clubs over a long period of time so that students can assertively learn is the knowhow of YU. No university will be able to catch up in a short period of time." He added, "By operating the department together with the Ministry of Education's PRIME program from last year, it is expected that there will be more active industry-academic cooperation as well."