Firestone’s Cara Adams to Join Honda STEAM Connections Tour at UC-Berkeley
ATLANTA (Aug. 7, 2017) – Cara Adams, chief engineer for Bridgestone Americas Motorsports, has joined the roster of presenters for the Honda STEAM Connections Tour program Sept. 13 at the University of California-Berkeley.
The tour of college campuses showcases the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) behind Honda’s Verizon IndyCar Series program to area middle school and high school students, with an emphasis on career opportunities in motorsports and the automotive industry. Adams previously was the senior project engineer, race tire development, and joined the Nashville-based company in 2003.
At the University of Akron, where she received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Adams was a member of the Formula SAE Design Team. With a keen interest in science since youth – her mother was a science teacher and her grandfather an engineer at NASA – Adams regularly speaks to students about the importance of STEAM courses. She’s especially passionate about females seeking STEAM-related career paths.
Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce, according to the National Science Foundation. At UC-Berkeley, Adams will conduct brief seminars about tire technology and the vital role of analytics in the high-speed and demanding racing environment. She will also participate in a Q&A session with students. The Honda STEAM Connections Tour event also will feature the Honda-powered No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing car of driver Max Chilton, who will participate in a Q&A with students along with a Honda Performance Development trackside engineer. Cal-Berkeley’s Formula SAE team members will host the event and display their car builds and other projects relating to engineering programs. The Honda STEAM Connections Tour event at Cal-Berkeley precedes the Verizon IndyCar Series championship-deciding race Sept. 15-17 at Sonoma Raceway. The tour is organized and managed by STEAM Sports Group. For more information Dave Lewandowski (STEAM Sports Group), firstname.lastname@example.org, 317-331-9385
Honda Performance Development (HPD) was founded in 1993 to spearhead Honda’s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda’s success in Indy cars, which includes 220 race victories, 15 drivers’ championships, six competitive manufacturers’ championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2004. In addition to Indy car competition, HPD and Honda have a history of success in the classic endurance sports car races, including a pair of LMP2 wins and a privateer LMP1 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010; as well as multiple American Le Mans Series championships and five LMP2 class victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring since 2007. HPD offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company’s racing product lines, please visit http://hpd.honda.com. STEAM Sports Group is a marketing and special events firm that focuses on how to integrate corporate STEM and STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) with sporting events, leagues, conferences, governing associations and athletes. STEAM Sports Foundation is SSG’s ancillary 501c3 that seeks funding primarily for educational programs, curriculums and scholarships in an effort to unite business, education and sports. Recognizing workforce and economic development as an integral part of corporate growth, SSG and SSF work with companies, educators and sports groups to develop initiatives around science, technology, engineering, arts and math that prepare and excite America’s youth in an effort to create tomorrow’s vibrant workforce.