Engineering students to compete in international off-road racing competition
For the fifth consecutive year, engineering students will represent Memorial University at the international Baja SAE competition. The 2014 competition will be held in Peoria, Ill., June 4-7.
Baja SAE consists of three regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain during competition. Main events include acceleration, hill climbing, maneuverability, suspension and traction, rock crawling and endurance.
This year’s Team Memorial Baja consists of 11 mechanical engineering students. Dr. Geoff Rideout, a professor of mechanical engineering and teacher sponsor for the team, will be travelling with the team and is excited to see how the students will do.
“Every year our students put a lot of time and effort into this competition and impress me with their ability to generate good designs with limited resources. This year’s team is no exception,” he said. “Baja SAE presents students with a messy real-world engineering problem, both literally and figuratively. The students are challenged in a much different way than in a classroom. I’m looking forward to being there with them as they compete against, help out and learn from an international group of their peers.”
The team wishes to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors: the Angus Bruneau Student Leadership and innovation Fund in Engineering (LIFE) Program, Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Technical Services Division, Hickman Automotive Group, Cimetrix Solutions, PAL Airlines, Rideout Tools and Machine Inc., Quality Transport Component, Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, MUNSU, Mile 1 Harley-Davidson and Russell Metals.
For more about Team Memorial Baja, go to www.memorialbaja.com.