Thu, Jun 5 2008
LeTourneau University mechanical engineering students won third place overall in an international 2008 Baja SAE Illinois competition recently with their number 15 Baja car, “Ingenuity.” The students hope to bring home the gold in a similar competition next week in Montreal, Canada.
The students placed second in acceleration and fourth in both hill climbing and endurance racing from among more than 100 university teams from around the country.
“Our students found teamwork has paid off,” said Richard Baney, faculty adviser for the SAE Baja team. “Teamwork is required in every step, from designing and building the car to competing with the vehicle. This team came together to perform very well.”
Baja SAE consists of three regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and sometimes even water. Baja SAE is part of SAE International’ Collegiate Design Series (CDS). Other CDS competitions include Aero Design, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE and Supermileage.
Other teams placing in the top 10 in last week’s competition included California State Poly in Pomona, Oregon State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Ecole Polytechnique De Montreal, SUNY Stony Brook, Michigan Tech University and University of South Florida.