Student Innovation Fund Helps Power First Recipient

A year ago, IUPUI announced Tom and Peggy Ward’s $100k gift to the School of Engineering and Technology. We are happy to report the Student Innovation Fund has it’s first recipient.

IUPUI student Earl Han grew up with a love for cars, “all I’d talk about was cars, or so my parents say,” he states in the interview posted at

His team, which includes fellow IUPUI Motorsports grad Paul Lucas, plans to update the function and structure of the rear wing. While this is a complicated project, it’s just the beginning of the group’s long term vision. “Our 20-year goal, I suppose, is to become a small manufacturer of specialty or boutique cars,” Han states.

Tom Ward, Owner of OmniSite, issued a statement. “Peggy and I are proud to support the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. It’s exciting to watch our gift fuel entrepreneurship and innovation in Central Indiana. On behalf of everyone at OmniSite, we congratulate Earl, Paul and their team for being named the first recipients of the Student Innovation Fund.”

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