Clemson University is poised to lead the pack in motorsports education. With history that spans nearly two decades, Clemson Motorsports boasts more than 50 graduates who are working at every level of the industry in every series both in the US and abroad.
At the center of the motorsports program is the Clemson University Brooks Institute for Motorsports. Founded in 1994 by Clemson alumnus Robert H. Brooks, the institute was a way to memorialize NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki, Mark Brooks, Dan Duncan, and Charlie Campbell who perished in a plane crash in 1993.
The institute is focused on giving students experience in all aspects of the motorsports industry with primary interests in business, communications, engineering, marketing, and sports-science. Given its fit with the mission of the Department of Automotive Engineering, the Brooks Institute for Motorsports was moved under the auspices of the department in 2012. The institute is under the leadership of automotive engineering professor Dr. Robert Prucka.
This has been a successful year for the institute as it works toward achieving its strategic goals of creating student experiences in motorsports, positioning Clemson as the top motorsports research and education university in the world, and using the excitement of racing to expose the next generation workforce to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.