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Engineering Professor Honored for Service to Student Program

September 1, 2004

The Sports Car Club of America Foundation has announced the creation of the Dr. Bob Woods Cup, honoring the faculty advisor of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Formula SAE racing team. The Cup will be presented to the highest-placing student driver in the Formula SAE (FSAE) class of the SCCA Solo National Championships.

Formula SAE is a class for racecars designed, built, maintained and driven by college students in association with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Teams from UTA have won eight national FSAE competitions in Detroit, plus wins in Great Britain and Australia. They are currently participating in a competition in Japan and are the only U.S. team invited to the event.

Dr. Woods has been crucial in forming and building the relationship between the FSAE program and SCCA, which sanctions its annual Formula SAE competition in Michigan, and created a FSAE class in the SCCA Solo Nationals beginning in 2003.

“Formula SAE would not be what it is today without Dr. Bob Woods’ vision and his passion to ‘make it happen,’” said Bob Sechler, manager of educational relations for the SAE. “The SAE truly appreciates all he has done for Formula SAE and the important role he has played in establishing a strong partnership between SAE and SCCA.” Last year, Dr. Woods became the first recipient of the Carroll Smith Mentor’s Cup Award sponsored by the SCCA.

The Dr. Bob Woods Cup trophy will be on permanent display at SCCA's National headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, with keepsake awards going to the individual recipient and the school that that person represents. The SCCA Foundation, as part of its community outreach program, funds the Cup.