Engineering Students Gear Up for evGrand Prix with Autonomous Go-Kart

Anderson University engineering students have worked tirelessly for the past semester for the opportunity to participate in the evGrandPrix in the autonomous division. The event will take place on May 14 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the qualifying round at 12:30 p.m. and the Collegiate World Finals Race at 4 p.m.

The autonomous division includes go-karts that can operate without human control. 15+ colleges have competed in the evGrand Prix since its inaugural race in 2010. At the test and tune pre-race event held on April 6, AU greatly outperformed the other karts.

Junior Caleb Conrad has been one of the students taking the lead on this project. “What I love about this is that it’s very hands-on,” said Conrad. “I get to take what I learn in class and apply it here.” He continues, “It’s amazing that this is a project that my classmates and I can work on, but it’s also a project that can be passed on from one class to the next in the years to come.”

At the tenth annual AU Scholars’ Day, Chad Wallace, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering was particularly excited to talk about the autonomous go-kart. “This is a project where faculty can roll up their sleeves and work side by side with students,” he said, “and learning is done best by doing.”  

If you are interested in giving to this project go to and make a gift to the ‘Autonomous Go-Kart’ today!

See the full schedule of the event here.

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in businessmusic education, and theology.

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