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SUU Work to Set Land Speed Records

Published: January 17, 2008 | Category: Academics

With the help of SUU supercomputing and integrated engineering, California-based Airtech Streamlining and Local new business Motorsports International will work to design a vehicle to break the existing electric-powered land speed record.

Kent Riches, owner of Airtech Streamlining, will be visiting Southern Utah University on Friday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. in SUU’s Technology Building to showcase two record-attempt vehicles that will be loaned to SUU. The public is invited to attend this showcase, to get up close and personal with some of the fastest cars on the planet.

According to Motorsports International Spokesman Terry Ireland, Southern Utah University is a key partner in designing a vehicle that will break electric-powered land speed records because of the unique talents of SUU faculty in both electric vehicle development and in advanced computational support of low-drag vehicle design.

Professors Nick Winowich and Jim Burns of the Integrated Engineering Department will be working through the College of Computing Integrated Engineering and Technology’s new Center of Excellence program in High-performance computing to put some powerful engineering behind the design of the vehicle.

According to Winowich, this project using Computational Fluid Dynamics is a perfect fit for SUU’s supercomputing capabilities, which are the fourth largest in the state.

For additional information, please contact the College of Integrated Engineering and Technology Department at Southern Utah University at 435.586.7862.

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