Story submitted by Kyle Larsen, PhD, assistant professor of mechanical engineering
Seven mechanical engineering students from EWU’s Engineering and Design Department participated in the 2017 Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) BAJA vehicle competition in Gorman, California, April 27-30.
For several months EWU students designed and built a mini-Baja vehicle for the competition. Their entry was powered by a 10-horsepower Briggs and Stratton Engine and seated one student. Teams were judged on the design of the vehicle, as well as events such as acceleration, hill climb, maneuverability, suspension and endurance.
“While our students didn’t win the competition this year, they did work extremely hard passing all of the rigorous vehicle inspections qualifying them for the competition and permitting them to participate in the events,” said Kyle Larsen, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. “Overall, the students said even though it was a lot of work, they learned a ton about engineering and manufacturing of a vehicle and enjoyed the competition. Many of them are planning on participating in the competition next year in Oregon and are planning to win.”
Approximately 80 universities from all over the world, and as far away as China, competed in the event. The competition is based on the full-sized Baja vehicle competition in Baja, Mexico.