• xTalks: Digital Discourses

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J. R. Hildebrand - Energizing STEM Education through the High Speed World of Motorsports

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In this session we're taking a slight departure from our traditional approach by featuring a talented race-car driver whom some of you might know. J. R. Hildebrand will talk about his career and about STEM opportunities in racing technology. This session is our first 'xTalks - Off the Cuff' event and will be a less formal than most xTalks. Hildebrand will talk about auto racing and its implications for engineering education and how to energize STEM education through high speed motorsports. Starting with his first go-kart race at the age of 14 in 2002, J. R. Hildebrand has gone on to win multiple awards and championships, including Rookie of the Year in the 2011 Indy 500 as well as securing a full-time position in the IndyCar Series. This session promises to open a window to an exciting world and offer the opportunity to learn more about racing and motorsports.