Élan Engineer Receives SAE Award

By May 18, 2015 June 14th, 2018 General, News


Grady Young named SAE’s Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader of the Year

Braselton, Ga., May, 18, 2015 – SAE International (SAE) has selected Grady Young, an Élan Technologies junior engineer and a 2014 graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., as this year’s recipient of the Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award.

Established in 2002, the Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award each year recognizes one student who demonstrates leadership in one or more SAE activities, and the award encourages a vision within the student to become an SAE leader during his or her adult career. The Rumbaugh Award Selection Committee administers the award, which consists of a framed medal, a $750 honorarium, and a lifetime professional membership in SAE. The award was presented to Young at the 2015 SAE World Congress held last month at Cobo Center in Detroit.

A Southern Polytechnic State University faculty advisor to Formula SAE® nominated Young for the award based on his outstanding work as president of the university’s Formula SAE team. Under Young’s leadership, the team finished 17th overall out of 80 teams participating in the June 2014 Formula SAE Lincoln competition held in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Formula SAE is a student design competition organized by SAE to help students apply textbook theories to real work experiences. It encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, development, testing, manufacturing, marketing, management and finance. Formula SAE requires each student design team to develop a small Formula-style race car and tackle the project as if it is a firm contracted by a fictional manufacturing company.

The prototype race car is evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer, and each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on Formula SAE rules.

The various Panoz automotive and technology companies actively recruit engineers who have Formula SAE experience, and Formula SAE is very close to hearts of many engineers who work for Élan Motorsports Technologies, Claro/Tracfone DeltaWing Racing Cars, and Panoz LLC.

In addition to Young, Élan Motorsports Technologies also employs two engineers who participated in Formula SAE and Formula Student, the United Kingdom-based Formula SAE partnership student design team competition organized by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The design engineer on the Claro/Tracfone DeltaWing Racing Cars team did bothFormula SAE and Baja SAE (SAE International’s off-road vehicle student design competition) while earning his engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.

John M. Leverett, chief engineer at Panoz LLC and an SAE International member for more than 20 years, established Southern Polytechnic State University’s Formula SAE program in 1992 after serving as production manager on the 1988 Georgia Institute of Technology Formula SAE team. Leverett is proud to have employed 10 Formula SAE graduates over the years.

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