Do you aspire to apply the knowledge you gain in class to real-world projects? Joining an engineering project team could be the perfect opportunity to enhance your technical skills 🛠! Let’s hear from Darrion about his experiences in the NUS Formula SAE team!
❓ Please give a short introduction and share a fun fact about yourself!
✏️ Hi I'm Darrion and I'm not so tall :> I'm currently in Year 3 and am part of the NUS FSAE program 🏎! I'm also part of the NUS Skating Club 🛼! I love to treasure all the MADness in life (gettit M x A x D = moments hehe xD)
❓ What inspired you to join NUS FSAE?
✏️ I've always been a fan of F1, and NUS FSAE happens to be the closest thing I could get to having a taste of what a career in racing would be like! Besides that, I was also fascinated by the hands-on approach NUS FSAE has to offer, which greatly enhances my learning experience at NUS.
❓ What is your main role in the team?
✏️ My main role is to design the rear suspension of the car. It is basically everything in between the wheels and the chassis, not just the 2 springs!! It includes the entire process of designing, optimising, manufacturing, and assembling all the wishbones and clevises.
❓ Share about your experiences in NUS FSAE! What was the toughest difficulty you faced and how did you overcome it?
✏️ I would say that the toughest part of NUS FSAE is time management. We have to produce a new car every year as per competition rules; hence, there are strict deadlines we ought to meet. I learned that it was crucial to stay motivated and to minimise procrastination such that both my academic and NUS FSAE workload do not snowball :d
❓ Why should people join NUS FSAE?
✏️ BECAUSE RACE CARS GO VROOM VROOM 🏎💨
✏️ It is a platform to put everything we learned in our modules to good use. It is extremely rewarding to watch everything you worked hard on come together in a fascinating final product which you can be proud of :>
❓ Currently, what is the most exciting event that you are most looking forward to, and why?
✏️ For sure, this would be the R23e shakedown. This is the first time where the car we've spent the past year building will be put on track (or... a school carpark). Despite it being an EV, it still got the loud vroom vrooms from the sound of the chains!