Student Testimonials

Ryan Beagle, 2016 Team Crew Chief
Mechanical Engineering Major

The opportunities and mentorship that Genius Garage provided has shown me who I really am and all of what I am capable of doing. It showed me an ambition to rise above all of my previous aspirations. My story is not unique either, this program changes the lives of all the young people who are fortunate enough to have this opportunity.

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Clint Teece, 2015 Team Member
Mechanical Engineering Major

But there’s so much more to the experience than just learning to wrench on race cars. The program is really about exposing young, bright-eyed students to the interpersonal and professional skills they need to achieve their dreams. Our project and time management, problem solving, and professional communication skills were all developed and tested along the way. Whether we were planning our rebuild schedule, fixing an engine issue, or representing the team at races and other events, putting these skills into practice was integral to everything we did.

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Chris Scherzer, 2015 Crew Chief & 2014 Team Member
Architecture Major

I had the opportunity to learn many new things, even beyond simply working on cars. I had time to learn how to be a part of a great team as well as the opportunity to be a team leader. I worked on my professional development, having the opportunity to meet a large selection of influential mentors from many different industries, who all had their own advice on what to do in the future to get ahead and be successful in life after the internship and after college.

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Zachary Sroka, 2015 Team Member
Materials Science and Engineering Major

 It is something that surprises and impresses everyone who has the slightest interest, especially employers. A job in the automotive industry or anywhere else, Genius Garage will be talked about the most. So far, it has gotten me an internship with Mopar and will, without a doubt, be the thing that separates me from everyone else in my future undertakings. Casey has truly bridged the gap between education and employment and those who are lucky enough to be a part of his enterprise will be left with lifelong ingenuity and life changing wisdom.

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Daniel Miller, 2015 Team Member
Mechanical Engineering Major

Genius Garage has also been incredibly beneficial outside of the racing world. I gained valuable teamwork experiences, such as making suspension setup decisions with the driver and other members of the team, as well as working with different specialty groups to create a winning race car. My time in Genius Garage has been very useful in job interviews, as the stories I have from working with the team show my ability to work with others to achieve a common goal.

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Austin Wright, 2014 Team Member
Aerospace Engineering Major

A program like Genius Garage fills the gap between the classroom and the industry. It allows students to get hands on, real world experience that simply can’t be replicated by university course work. Without fail, I am asked about the Genius Garage program in every interview. It is an excellent opportunity for any student, and one that has helped to launch me into the aerospace field. As such, I highly recommend the Genius Garage program to anyone interested.

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