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  1. We hit that problem about 10 years ago. ...

    We hit that problem about 10 years ago. Thankfully, I was already 25+ then, so I ended up renting and driving the truck for a couple of years. If you have any graduate students about who are...
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    Will be there tomorrow, for my own personal reasons.

    Been dormant for a bit - was doing research on FSAE a while back, got derailed for a host of reasons, some of my own creation, many because you should never, ever do doctoral research in a toxic...
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    Not first. But close. User profile founded...

    Not first. But close. User profile founded Sept. 27, 2002.

    Will be dropping by a bit more in recent months too - my previous research into FSAE team dynamics (which got railroaded a few years...
  4. Congrats to semifinalists. Lots of excellent...

    Congrats to semifinalists. Lots of excellent contenders (and great to see Cornell back in the fold...) Good luck in the first dynamic events tomorrow.
  5. Not too many Cornell pics from endurance. We...

    Not too many Cornell pics from endurance. We probably had the quickest DNF in history - loose battery cable disconnected on the first turn. Packaging one's battery in the driver bay's good for...
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    First and foremost, my heartfelt condolences to...

    First and foremost, my heartfelt condolences to the VT community. Without fail one of the more solid and good-natured teams to show up at competition - always fun to talk to, to the point it's...
  7. A regional system would make sense. They have it...

    A regional system would make sense. They have it in other competitions (e.g. RoboCup) and it works well.

    You can't expand FSAE beyond 120-140 teams really. It's not venue size, it's simple...
  8. Holy Groundhog Day, Batman. Scott's...

    Holy Groundhog Day, Batman.

    Scott's definitely an excellent source on the 2002 Monash wing. At least, he was in 2002.
  9. In talking to Geoff (aka Big Bird) a few times...

    In talking to Geoff (aka Big Bird) a few times last year, I figured RMIT would be the first to definitively prove singles could be competitive. Kudos on a well-deserved (and dominant!) victory. ...
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    Lean principles have been part of the cost report...

    Lean principles have been part of the cost report presentation every year since 2001 at least, when it was a formal written requirement of the cost report. They've since dumped the written part,...
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    Nice start - a few comments: 1) I like the...

    Nice start - a few comments:

    1) I like the breakdown you did with the frame manpower requirements - the more you do this for the other teams, the better.
    2) I wouldn't commit to large design...
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    This is a great idea. More teams should do this...

    This is a great idea. More teams should do this (I'd say Cornell should, but we can't even update a freaking webpage.)

    If you could set up an RSS feed for it, it'd be easier to follow for me at...
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    Just realized I never announced here that my...

    Just realized I never announced here that my dissertation based on work with Cornell FSAE is out in the world, at least in draft form.

    A copy can be found at my blog.
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    Ah, Carboni's short and to the point as always. ...

    Ah, Carboni's short and to the point as always. That's why he's an engineer and I just play one on TV.
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    That's a tricky one - highlights the ridiculous...

    That's a tricky one - highlights the ridiculous nature of the rule, really, since obviously the price of interweaved CF/Kevlar is neither some average of the two or $100 (or $40) a pound.

    I'd do...
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    Yeah, the dynasty thing's turned into a much...

    Yeah, the dynasty thing's turned into a much larger effort, and I've been sidetracked by a couple of things (new job, new place, and two other papers in the works on FSAE stuff...)

    Will get back...
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    Enclosed ball-hitch trailers of sufficient size...

    Enclosed ball-hitch trailers of sufficient size are outside of our budget, simple as that.

    And the local Penske dealer gives us a good deal on a 20-25ft. truck for a week (about $500, including...
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    Being old enough and Canadian enough to remember...

    Being old enough and Canadian enough to remember Gilles Villeneuve, I always liked that tradition.
  19. National bragging rights are best done informally...

    National bragging rights are best done informally (e.g., Canadian schools noting themselves as best Canadian finishers in Detroit...)

    The concept of a formal trophy is rather silly, though,...
  20. Reliability is a problem (hence why we didn't...

    Reliability is a problem (hence why we didn't have dry sump until this year) but it's probably the right choice overall.

    And I'm (somewhat reluctantly) in agreement with Geoff's analysis - as I...
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by B.K.:
    I never claimed to be a good engineer; Mike...
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
    Yes, it will be hard to pick a "world champion". But I don't think that's...
  23. Geez, James, is there anything you didn't capture...

    Geez, James, is there anything you didn't capture for posterity? http://fsae.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Super impressive work as usual.

    I'm going to add "ability to document the...
  24. Agreed that it's good to see Dr. McDermott get...

    Agreed that it's good to see Dr. McDermott get the faculty advisor award.

    I've talked to him off and on over the years. Most memorable was at SAE Motorsports in Indianapolis late 2002. He...
  25. Very sweet. Super work. And agreed with Marko...

    Very sweet. Super work. And agreed with Marko about upselling the 8.2MP ones...a poster-sized print of your own car sure would be worth something.

    Find a way to print our car on a dartboard,...
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