Students working toward baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) at University of Cincinnati (UC) are required to complete a “Design, Build, and Test” senior capstone design project. Two of these capstone design projects during the 2005–2006 academic year were to design and build vehicles. One is a Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV), which was geared to meet the needs of developing countries for an affordable transportation. The national competition was held in Indianapolis, IN. The other one is an Autocross racing vehicle, which was built to meet the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Autocross specifications, and raced in the regional/local events. The Institute for Affordable Transportation (IAT) hosts a competition of designing and building BUV each year in Indianapolis, IN. IAT is a not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the living standards and enable economic growth in the developing world by creating a simple vehicle that can be assembled almost anywhere, by almost anyone. The competition tests and judges all of the entries to identify best design and suitable vehicles for developing countries. IAT has donated several vehicles to needy countries in South America and Africa. The SCCA is a 60,000-member not-for-profit organization featuring the most active membership participation in motorsports today. The foundation of the SCCA is its Club Racing program with over 2,000 amateur and professional motor sports events each year. One team of MET students built a BUV, and another team of students built an Autocross racing car as their senior projects. From concept to a final working vehicle with meeting the IAT’s or SCCA’s specifications, there are many challenges. The expertise and knowledge acquired from student’s coursework and co-op were utilized. This paper will give the short description of the senior capstone design course sequence at University of Cincinnati: the list of pre-requisites of its sequence, and partially describes 2005–2006 BUV and Autocross projects and the team experiences of the projects from start to finish.

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