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Motorsports safety and STEM education

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Danny White, director of motorsports at Purdue and a leading expert in the field of motorsports, can discuss crash and fire safety, as well as what new safety innovations could mean for quality of racing. White holds a Certificate in Safety Management from the Society of Safety Engineers and is a former member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway fire crew. He also was a founding member of the IMS Safety Committee. He has more than 20 years of experience with open-wheel racing and picked up a win at the Indy 500 as a crew member for Eddie Cheever. He has been a part of CART, Champ Car, IndyCar, NHRA Top Fuel and the 24 Hours of Daytona. 

White also helped create the MSTEM3 initiative at Purdue and can talk about the role of motorsports in STEM education. He coordinates the MSTEM3 500 Student Fair that brings motorsports STEM to life for middle and high school students each year at IMS before the Indianapolis 500. He also serves as chief steward of the evGrand Prix, an outgrowth of the Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium (I-AEVtec), which is developing degree and training programs for the electric vehicle industry.

White also can discuss:

  • MSTEM3 - motorsports STEM for manufacturing and medicine.
  • Alternative fuel sources for motorsports.
  • Spectator safety.
  • Racetrack catch fencing. 

Contact: Danny White,

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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