University of Colorado Denver Receives BIG CHECK from Gene Haas Foundation!

Congratulations to University of Colorado Denver on receiving a $5,000 Scholarship Grant from the Gene Haas Foundation! Mark Smith, Productivity-Denver presented the check (pictured above) to 14 of UCD’s 19 team members of their Lynx Motorsports Formula SAE competition team at the Auraria campus.

“The team has 19 team members, both electrical and mechanical engineering students. The instructors (not pictured) are Doug Gallagher and Joe Cullen. This team was building a Formula styled race car as part of a senior design class required for all graduating seniors broken up into two semesters. A design semester and a build semester. The team will be racing the car in the Formula SAE competition this June in Lincoln Nebraska.”  – Lisa Picard, Student and Team Captain, UCD.

Pictured above with Mark (left) are some very excited Manufacturing students. Back row (L to R): Mark Smith, Kevan Valenzuela, Steve Krech, Jon Zweiacher, Nick Poyner, Daniel Burrell, Jason Gordon, Trevor Reed, Odie Premratananont, Brian Carpenter, Justin Jacobs and Craig Kriesel. Front row (L to R): Lisa Picard, Lisa Martin and Quoc Nguyen.

The Lynx Motorsports Formula SAE team consists of Mechanical  and Electrical Engineers from the University of Colorado Denver. The University has competed in other collegiate motorsport competitions such as SAE Baja off road and the Shell Eco-Marathon hydrogen fuel-cell series as well.

The campus is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Denver, and their unique workspace—called “The Hub”—is an old 5,700 square feet print shop turned design facility and computer lab.

For more information on the Lynx Motorsports team, visit UCD Lynx Motorsports.

The Gene Haas Foundation awards grants to High Schools and Post-Secondary Schools to assist with their programs, including scholarships for students pursuing Manufacturing Careers. Schools can find out more about potential opportunities and apply for Scholarship Grants at

For more information on programs at UCD, click HERE.


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