Jones honored for work with student competition teams

Published: Aug 28, 2006 4:39:04 PM
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Peter Jones, associate professor in mechanical engineering, has received the 2006 Carroll Smith Mentor's Cup from the Society of Automotive Engineers. Jones was honored with the award at the 2006 Formula SAE competition in Detroit.

"I'm thrilled, of course, more thrilled than by any other award I've received. It makes me feel I've really got something to live up to," said Jones, who is faculty advisor to Auburn's Baja SAE and Formula SAE teams. "I'm deeply grateful to all my teams, who made a success of Auburn's motorsports program, and to the college, who had the vision to grasp what the teams are all about."

The Carroll Smith Mentor's Cup recognizes outstanding mentoring by one of the 190 Formula SAE advisors. It is named after the late Carroll Smith, team manager for Carol Shelby's victorious Le Mans endurance team and long-term head design judge for Formula SAE. Nominations for the award come from the teams and are then voted upon by other competition advisors. The award is presented each year by the Sports Car Club of America. Jones has been the advisor of Auburn's Formula SAE team for six years, also spending 12 years working with the university's Baja SAE teams.

"I've always admired the winners of this award because they have such all-around class as engineers, teachers and people," said Jones. "They are the giants who made Formula SAE into the world-leading educational experience that it is today. It is humbling to be included in that group."