Dr. Ron Matthews is our esteemed faculty adviser. He received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at
UT & his Master's and Doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley. He was a faculty advisor at
the University of Illinois and noticed the active student involvement for engineering and competitions.
He started the UT Society of Automotive Engineers Student Branch (UT SAE) in 1980 when he was hired as a faculty member. He wanted to lead students who held automotive aspirations. The organization was founded only two months prior to the involvement in the Formula Competition at Indianapolis, where the group of students were restricted to certain engine types.
Following a series of years where the UT SAE branch became involved with the Baja races and worked with teams like UT Arlington, the student organization became directly involved with the FSAE design series and various ventures over the course of the three decades since its founding. Dr. Matthews has led engine development with Jeff Gensler and has multiple courses, especially the first Racecar Engineering Course ever offered at UT. He continues to being a positive influence for students and has directed many opportunities for those who are interested in learning about the automotive sector.