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Where do SpaceX and other aerospace companies find engineers? On the race track

Where do SpaceX and other aerospace companies find engineers? On the race track

Over the last decade, entrepreneurial space companies in Southern California have set their sights on such goals as launching small satellites, carrying space tourists and colonizing Mars.

As they hire numerous young engineers, those companies and more traditional aerospace giants are finding talent in an unlikely place: a college race-car competition.

Next week, 100 university teams will bring their prototype race cars to the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition in Lincoln, Neb., where they will be judged on design, manufacturing, performance and business logic.

The aerospace leaders who help judge the contest say it’s also an...

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