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 competition 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. The team works together to design a car, solve problems, and represent the University on an international stage.
  • Explore entrepreneurship through a business-focused vehicle design. Pitch sponsors, network with industry, develop timelines and sell the product.



2021 Team Leaders

Amy Thueme
Team Captain
James Mynderse, PhD
Faculty Advisor