Mechanical Engineering graduate Manjula Gallella joined the Swinburne Formula SAE team to challenge himself, learn new skills and build his professional network. As one of the highest achieving students in the team, he was recognised with the PACCAR Prize in Design Excellence in 2017.
PACCAR and Swinburne have a strong and enduring partnership. The company is a global leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality premium trucks. They mentor students, support prizes and now offer professional placements for up to six Swinburne students.
Manjula started his studies at Swinburne in 2014.
“Since I was young, I had an interest in mechanical systems and was curious about how they work. I was influenced by my father, who was a mechanical engineer himself, and a true inspiration. This led me to study Mechanical Engineering,” says Manjula.
Receiving the PACCAR prize was a great honour and gave me real encouragement. I would like to thank PACCAR for this generous donation.
To further challenge himself and engage with industry professionals, Manjula decided to join Formula SAE.
The Formula SAE competition, organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia, is centred on the development of a single-seat race car. Team Swinburne competes in the Australasian competition against 30 – 40 teams from Australia and around the world. Competing students are assessed on the design, construction, performance and cost of the car.
“Formula SAE provides a great learning platform for university students from various disciplines. It is not always easy to design, manufacture, assemble and race a formula-style race car. It requires hours of hard work and determination from all team members.”
The experience was priceless and Manjula was able to strengthen his communication and project management skills, and engage with industry.
PACCAR have been supporting Formula SAE for more than 10 years. They provide funding, mentoring and allow students to use their facilities to test vehicles.
“Over the years, PACCAR have stayed with us to share in the wins and losses. We work with them to get feedback throughout the design, manufacturing and assembling stages. As university students, the advice we get from these experts is extremely valuable.”
His dedication and design talents were recognised in 2017 with the PACCAR Prize in Design Excellence.
"Receiving the PACCAR prize was a great honour and gave me real encouragement. I would like to thank PACCAR for this generous donation. Also, a special thanks to my colleagues at Formula SAE and my project supervisors, without whom none of this work would be possible."
Manjula is now full time employed working as a Graduate Engineer. This would not have been possible without the support of organisations such as PACCAR.
Photo: Manjula Gallella (left) being awarded the 2017 PACCAR Prize in Design Excellence by Robert Brierley, PACCAR.
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Receiving the prize was a great honour and gave me real encouragement. I would like to thank PACCAR for this generous donation.
Manjula Gallella, recipient of 2017 PACCAR Prize in Design Excellence