The KAUST McLaren Experience

By Altynay Kaidarova

Are you interested in a Graduate Program at KAUST?
Join us for our next KAUST Live! KAUST – McLaren F1 Partnership.

When: Sunday, April 11, 2021
Time: 4 p.m. KSA time


Read on…

KAUST Ph.D. student under the supervision of prof. Jurgen Kosel in Sensing, Magnetism and Microsystems Group, Electrical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

‘Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.’ Indeed, immersing in the world of supercars, the technological pinnacle of all motorsports would be difficult to believe for me without being a part of it. Spending time with McLaren‘s team, learning more about their high technology was an overwhelming experience. It has undoubtedly been a motivation towards making a real positive impact through our fruitful collaboration with McLaren and state-of-the-art developments of KAUST.

The friendly-environment, collaborative and united spirit could be felt throughout our stay with the McLaren team. We had opportunities to observe the team’s preparations process before the Grand Prix race and carefully planned practice sessions on the pit lane. The hard work of the McLaren team was witnessed in their highly-organized and well-equipped garage. We could listen to McLaren headquarter conversations in the United Kingdom, Bahrain’s operational team, and two drivers in the specially designed room through the headphones and multiple display screens. There was also a chance to meet these talented drivers, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, during the various break times and press conferences.

The partnerships manager of McLaren, Katie Neck, has been extremely helpful and accommodating with guidance and unfolding Mclaren‘s history, including their ‘golden period’ and the most prominent drivers and future ambitions. She has also emphasized the importance of collaborations with such institutes as KAUST for further car improvements. We have also discussed the usage of sensory technology within Formula 1 and the importance of telemetry data. We have continued the conversation with Stephen Watt, the head of electronics at McLaren, who is interested in applying our airflow and strain sensor technology for analysis of the car’s aerodynamic performance and packaging and environmental capabilities of the sensors that we are developing at KAUST.

I believe that this experience has undoubtedly united and inspired us to move forward together as one team!

Are you interested in a Graduate Program at KAUST? Join us for our next KAUST Live! KAUST – McLaren F1 Partnership, April 11th at 4 p.m. KSA time.

This virtual event will provide an overview of the KAUST-McLaren partnership on the computational fluid dynamics collaboration. KAUST Professor Matteo Parsani will speak on the early days of the agreement with the McLaren F1 Racing Team and guide you through until December 2020, during which using Shaheen XC40 we simulated the full F1 car using our in-house self-adaptive solver, SSDC.

You’ll also hear a student’s perspective from KAUST Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Student; Altynay Kaidarova – another star of the KAUST-McLaren Partnership. Q&A will follow after the session.

Register here for the free webinar!

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