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MTSU On the Record Takes Rides on Student-Made Experimental Vehicles

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Solar boats and moon buggies are among the topics on the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Saeed Foroudastan, associate dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org).

Foroudastan, who also is a professor in the Department of Engineering Technology, is in charge of the Experimental Vehicles Program.

Its students are encouraged to build vehicles such as a solar-powered boat, an open-wheeled racer in the style of a Formula One car and a buggy that can withstand the simulated terrain of the moon’s surface. These vehicles consistently win design and performance awards at competitions all across the country.

“When they beat a top-notch team from a big engineering school, they feel good about the program at MTSU, what they have done and, overall, it is like a couple of years of work experience,” Foroudastan said.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to http://www.mtsunews.com/ontherecord/.

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.