What is Baja SAE?

  • Engineering students design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive rough terrain in a variety of tests: acceleration, suspension, maneuverability and endurance.
  • Students compete against 99 other teams in an international competition.
  • Teams compete to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictional firm.
  • Tasked to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.
  • Students must function as a team to conceptualize, design, build, test, promote, and race within the limits of race rules.

Benefits of Baja SAE

  • Apply classroom concepts to real-world problems. Statics, dynamics, kinematics, electronics: it all has a place in Baja SAE.
  • Collaboration builds a better product. We work together to design a car, solve problems, and represent our university on an international stage.
  • Explore entrepreneurship through a business-focused vehicle design. Pitch sponsors, network with industry, develop timelines, and sell your product!

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2017 Team Leaders

John Hatsios
Team Captain
James Mynderse, PhD
Faculty Advisor


2017 Competition



Documents & Information

2017 Baja SAE Sponsor Packet PDF image
2016 Baja SAE Brochure PDF image