Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Ben Schmitt

 
Ben Schmitt

Computer Science and Information Technology / Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering, 1999

From a young age, I decided to pursue a career as a motorsport engineer so I studied Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at UWA.

Upon graduating, I landed an automotive research position in Germany. A year later I moved to the UK to work for Pi Research. Through that company  I joined the Ford World Rally Team where I was privileged to help develop the last comprehensively computer-controlled cars in motorsport history, before such technologies were banned by ever-tightening rulebooks.

In 2005, I returned to conventional race car engineering with the Forsythe team in the Champ Car World Series.

Then in 2008 I moved to the Andretti Green Racing team to work as a mechatronics and simulation engineer.

No matter which discipline of engineering you end-up studying, I believe software is your most useful tool and this can be achieved through a Bachelor of Computer Science.