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PPG Industries donates $2K to Formula Buckeyes SAE

PPG Industries (Strongsville Automotive Coatings) of Strongsville, Ohio has donated $2K to the Formula Buckeyes SAE student-led team at The Ohio State University.

Formula Buckeyes SAE team accepts the donation from PPG Industries.The donation came to the team through the PPG Foundation, which supports educational and research programs. Greg Massey, team captain, explains that “the donation will be used toward research and innovation in carbon fiber,” the strong yet lightweight material used to build the vehicle’s chassis and related components.

PPG Industries has been a longtime supporter of the Ohio State motorsports teams. Past donations have included paint products, as well as providing painting services to the team. The Buckeyes’ current vehicle—Car #30—received its paintjob courtesy of PPG earlier this year.

Shawn Midlam-Mohler, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, describes the importance of PPG’s support. “Our motorsports teams would not be the success they are without close partnerships with industry. PPG’s donation is a prime example of a successful partnership. Building and maintaining these relationships is also great experience for our students and is one of the benefits of this experiential learning opportunity. ”



Greg Massey, team captain, Formula Buckeyes,

George Staab, faculty advisor, mechanical engineering,

Shawn Midlam-Mohler, assistant professor, mechanical engineering,

Holly Henley, communications, Center for Automotive Research,


About Formula Buckeyes SAE

The Formula Buckeyes SAE race team consists of students from a variety of majors including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Welding Engineering, Business Administration, Marketing, and Art & Technology. Through this variety of talent and dedication, we fund, design, fabricate, and race a high performance, open wheeled race car. We compete against over 110 other colleges and universities at the Eastern (Detroit) and Western (California) Formula SAE competitions. The concept of the Formula SAE competition is to allow students to take part in vehicle research, development, and fabrication. FSAE students are highly sought after in industry as a result of their real world problem solving experience gained while on the team.


About PPG Industries

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. PPG's Strongsville, Ohio, plant manufactures automotive primer and specialty powder coatings for industrial markets. The plant began operation in 1988 and houses PPG's automotive powder, refinish and corporate purchasing groups.


About Center for Automotive Research

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is an interdisciplinary research center in The Ohio State University's College of Engineering. CAR research focuses on: advanced electric propulsion and energy storage systems; advanced engines and alternative fuels for reduced fuel consumption and emissions; intelligent transportation and vehicular communication systems; autonomous vehicles; noise, vibrations, and dynamics; vehicle chassis systems; and vehicle and occupant safety.