MSU Formula SAE team finishes in top 20, sets team records at the 2024 Formula SAE Michigan competition

June 14, 2024

Mississippi State’s Formula SAE team recently competed in the 2024 SAE International Formula SAE Michigan competition, finishing in the top 20 and setting new team records.

Located at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, the educational engineering race challenges university teams worldwide to design, develop, and compete with small, formula-style racing vehicles.

The MSU team finished 17th overall and 1st in fuel efficiency in a field of 119 teams, rising from 53rd overall in 2023 and setting a new team record since its founding in 1997.

Teams consist of undergraduate and graduate students. They are judged and evaluated in a series of static and dynamic events, including technical inspection, cost, presentation, engineering design, solo performance trials, and high-performance endurance.

Aidan Duncan, a Department of Mechanical Engineering instructor and IDEELab shop manager, said despite the team losing their workshop in the IDEELab due to changes and renovations, they continued to excel in creating their formula vehicle.

“Through it all, they have come out ahead of even such nationally recognized teams including Princeton University, Harvard University, Duke University, Liberty University and more,” Duncan said. “This placement is sure to add to the team’s national recognition as a leader in the Formula SAE competitions.”

A program of SAE International, Formula SAE brings together university engineering teams around the world to learn and compete in formula car competitions in the U.S. and internationally. To learn more, visit

SAE International is a global association of engineers in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries. For more information, visit

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By Aspen Harris