I am pursing my mechanical engineering degree in the hopes of obtaining a position with an international endurance racing team. There I hope to have a role in helping to develop the next generation of fuels and lubricants to be used in everyday life, as well as in motorsports. By working in this field, I see a potential to benefit the planet with a fuel that has low carbon dioxide emissions, along with a true biodegradability. These two factors have, to this day, not been present in the fuels we utilize daily. While electric and hydrogen powered vehicles are currently present, we as a nation do not have the infrastructure to effectively use these vehicles, and while they have a potential for the future, they are not ready at this time. Therefore I see a need for a fuel that is easy to replace the current petroleum based fuels, and would require minimal modification to the current vehicles we see on the road today.
Motorsport, especially in the endurance series’ that are run around the world, are the best proving ground for new technologies, and the current fuel industry is researching alternatives to the fuels we currently use. This partnership is ideal for developing the fuel I have in mind, therefore I feel my degree is needed to allow me that opportunity.