Mini Baja is a design competition sponsored by the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE). It is available only to undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Through the competition we simulate real-world engineering challenges. Each team is competing to have its design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. As a team we design, build, test, promote, and compete with a vehicle within the limits of the rules. Through the competition we lean to balance our schedule and set our educational priorities to improve our overall engineering experience.
Our diverse team is comprised of not only Mechanical Engineering Technology majors, but also Mechanical Engineering Majors, Survey Engineering Majors, and also a Finance Major. This gives us a wide variety of experience, knowledge, and problem solving skills. Through this we learn to work as a team and develop skills necessary when working with a group of people on a large project.
The vehicle to be designed is an off-road, single seat, rugged, vehicle used by the non-professional for recreational use on the weekends. It must be rugged enough to endure large and potentially hazardous obstacles with out any damage. The vehicle must meet safety requirements, it also must be easy to transport to maintain, and of course be fun to drive!