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3Ralph Dale Data Engineer Formula 2
Ralph Dale

Data Engineer, Formula 3

"After completing the School of Race Engineering course I am now at Carlin as a Data Engineer in FIA European F3. The knowledge gained from the course enabled me to provide effective support when working with RML Group, JLR SVO, Carlin and McLaren Automotive on various GT and single-seater projects. It gives you a firm grounding in the basics of pre-/post- and on-event running, allowing you to concentrate on optimizing the car, driver and team.

It also taught me how to more effectively use DIL simulators, kinematic simulation and other performance tools to evaluate car/driver performance." 

Gemma Hatton Deputy Editor Racecar Magazine
Gemma Hatton

Deputy Editor, Racecar Magazine

"For me, the best thing about the MIA School of Race Engineering was being taught by real race engineers. As well as teaching us theory, they offered a great insight into all the other challenges engineers face on and off the track, using real examples from their experience. 

It was at this MIA School that I first learnt the role of the Race Engineer and this inspired me to become a data engineer in BTCC, where I then went on to become an F1 Tyre Engineer for Pirelli and then for Manor Racing Formula 1 team." 

Zoe Timbrell, Team Manager BTC Norlin Racing BTCC Team
Zoe Timbrell

Team Manager, BTC Norlin Racing BTCC Team

"I attended the School of Race Engineering, as at the time I was working for an engineering company providing complex engineered solutions to race teams.  Whilst I have a strong engineering understanding, I felt that the course would provide me with a better understanding of my customers, and subsequently help me to support them better. 

The course certainly provided this, and has also proven very useful later in my career, now that I am working for a professional race team. The tutors had impressive experience in the industry, and their passion really did inspire me to further pursue my career in the industry."  

James Dornor, Systems Engineer McLaren Racing
James Dornor

Systems Engineer, McLaren Racing

"I attended the course in late 2011, at the time I just finished my degree and already started working at McLaren Automotive as a Vehicle Engineer. The MIA School of Race Engineering provided the foundations as well as real life experience from the likes of well respected engineers such as Leena Gade, Jay Davenport & Dan Wamsley. I learnt in greater detail about race team operations over a typical race event, detailed data analysis, benefits of simulation and vehicle dynamics of racecar in real life situations. 

Now I'm currently Systems Tech at McLaren Racing managing on/off car systems for both F1 and test cars.This was following a five year period, working at McLaren GT between 2012-2017 in those years I worked on a range of projects including vehicle development of the 12C Sprint track racecar before focusing on vehicle systems on the 12C & 650 GT3 programs that consisted of testing and systems race support. Without the course I wouldn't have had the possibilities to pursue my dream career in motorsport as the knowledge and experience gained was key to my next steps professionally."

Sean Carmen Race Engineer GT3 Series
Sean Carmen

Race Engineer, GT3 Series

"While already working actively in the motorsport industry as a data engineer in the WEC when I attended the course, it laid the foundation for me to step up to the role of race engineer.

I have since been working as a race engineer in various GT3 series, and I am actually still using some of the excel sheets kindly provided by Andy Brown during the course - cheers mate!"


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