Center for Motorsports Engineering

The Center for Motorsports Engineering (CME) at Embry-Riddle is dedicated to applying our faculty and student talent, facility and software assets, and experience to benefit motorsports and other high performance vehicle applications.

Our capabilities include advanced computing tools for design, simulation, and analysis of problems from the simple to the complex. Specific tools include:

  • CAD using CATIA, PTC Creo / Pro E, Solidworks, Siemens NX
  • FEA for structures and heat transfer including ANSYS, NEI NASTRAN, and FEMAP
  • FEA structural analysis for composites using specialized ANSYS pre- and post-processing
  • CFD using ANSYS Fluent, CFX, and Star-CCM+
  • Simulation pre and post-processing using ANSA, Pointwise, Gridgen, Tecplot, and µETA
  • HEEDS for Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Customer applications using Matlab, Simulink, Microsoft Visual Studio, Java, Maple, and Mathematica.

Other capabilities beyond computing include:

  • PC board design, fabrication, assembly, test and implementation
  • Software development and coding in coordination with our Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering
  • Advanced high-voltage and hybrid systems design, advanced controls, and system integration experience gained from our top-level EcoCAR 3 program
  • Autonomous sensing, actuation, and controls in cooperation with RAER robotics association and members of the successful RobotX team

Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students are trained to use these tools; our professors teach the use of these tools in the classroom, and through the Center for Motorsports Engineering they are applied to industry research and projects to solve real-world problems.

The CME strives to solve unique challenges, related to cars, engines and performance and beyond.

  • The Center executed one project related to the challenge of drying the race track following rain.  The team included specialist researchers in mechanical engineering, heat transfer, meteorology, and turbine technology from the Colleges of Engineering, Aviation, and Aviation Maintenance Science.  Our customer saw the benefits in a project done on time, within budget, and with exceptional insights.
  • The Center is currently developing an application of V2V (vehicle to vehicle communication) for road course auto racing that will offer significant safety benefits to drivers. The DAWN (Driver Advanced Warning Network) project has employed students with expertise in mechanical design, software development, and proprietary PC board design and construction.  We have tested on local streets and at the Road Atlanta and Sebring race tracks. Customer shipments of a complete commercial system are anticipated in Spring 2018.
    • “The DAWN V2V system holds great promise to improve driver safety, and I look forward to the day soon when it’s in use where I race.” - Drivers: Lawson Aschenbach, Spencer Pumpelly, Kevin Buckler, Peter Cunningham, Brian Till
  • Our ERAU Motorsports Formula SAE Team will use grant funding to prepare and execute a test on the Vehicle Dynamics Simulator at Ohlins USA in North Carolina in November 2017.

The CME is dedicated to applying our faculty and student talent to benefit motorsports and other high performance vehicle applications. We are ready to transform our students and deliver value for our customers.

Recent Success Stories

  • Formula SAE program growth and improvement.  From our first car in 2015 to a Top 30 Contender in 2017 (out of 120 Global Universities)
  • Rebellion Racing
    • In conjunction with the Roar Before the 24 and the Rolex 24 sports car race, we support professional teams as guests of the University.  Students interact with top professional teams, drivers, engineers, and crew members.
    • Professional Racing Team Makes Pit Stop at Embry-Riddle
  • Advanced composite tooling capabilities after consulting with experts from SE composites

Student Success Stories

  • Matt Nelson – Pratt & Miller – Defense Ground Vehicles team
  • Adam Szechy – Delta Motorsport intern, Chrysler full time
  • Dylan Lewton - Delta Motorsport intern, GM Advanced Vehicles full time
  • Austin Donahoe – Roush Racing, 3GT Racing (Lexus GTD)
  • Tom Gorgia – Richard Childress Racing intern, GM Advanced Vehicles full time
  • Keith Diringer – Turner Motorsports (BMW race program)
  • Tyler Newitt – Honda Performance Development – Indycar simulator
  • Connor Doyle – IMSA Headquarters intern
  • Max Kline – Visit Florida Racing, Ligier LMP2 intern
  • Billy Wanstall – Pratt & Miller – AJ Foyt Racing

Lab Information

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email

Our Personnel

Contact Our Lab Director: Dave Spitzer