OREGON CITY - Students in Chris Rizzo's Advanced Manufacturing
classes are gaining real-world experience, building parts for a
formula one-style race car that takes part in national competition
against over 75 different national and international
The partnership came about when Clackamas Community College
manufacturing instructor Rizzo visited his alma mater, the
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)in Rochester, New York, last
summer. Twenty years ago, as a student studying industrial design,
Rizzo had taken part in the annual race car design competition
sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
"When I stopped by the school, they were organizing the crew for
this year, test driving the previous year's car," he said. "I
talked to them about opportunities for collaboration with
manufacturing students at Clackamas."
A couple of months later he heard from the team manager at RIT.
The university, noted for its engineering programs, wanted to know
if CCC students could produce some high-end suspension components,
and Rizzo jumped on the opportunity. The components are
manufactured from high-end, exotic metal alloys that are even
unusual for people in industry to work with, let alone
"These 'A-arms' are created through an extremely complicated
manufacturing process. This project provided an opportunity for
students to learn and practice skills used at the leading edge of
manufacturing," Rizzo said.
The manufacturing students created a total of 16 of the
suspension components, utilizing industry-leading skills such as
multi-axis machining and tooling. The parts were shipped to
Rochester to install on the race car.
The completed formula one race car will compete in at least two
competitions where they'll compete with cars from universities
around the world. The RIT formula racer will carry a prominent
Clackamas Community College logo, right next to those of other
major sponsors, including Toyota, Siemens, SKF. SpaceX and Yamaha.
For more information, contact Chris Rizzo at 503-594-3327 or email