Western to host Baja SAE International Design Competition in May

Submitted by gallagm7 on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 5:08pm

The Western Washington University Student Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) will host the Baja 2013 International Design Competition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 16-17at the Northwest Washington State Fairgrounds and Event Center in Lynden, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 18-19 at Hannegan Speedway.

The event is free and open to the public. Currently, 87 collegiate-level teams from around the world are registered to participate. An estimated 900 participants, plus an additional 200 volunteers and spectators, will combine to make this an exciting event.

SAE organizes a series of collegiate design competitions that allow student teams from around the world to design, build and compete against one another in a variety of events. Students are required to develop a vehicle and strategies to enable them to be successful in the competition as they learn and apply valuable skills that they can take with them into their future careers.

Western’s award-winning Baja SAE team works together to produce an all-terrain vehicle to be evaluated in the competition. Western also has an award-winning Formula SAE team which produces a formula-racing vehicle.

Each year the competition moves to a different location, which allows interested groups the opportunity to plan, organize and host a regional event. Following the event in 2010, WWU has once again accepted the challenge of hosting the Western U.S. Regional Competition in 2013. The scheduled static events include design presentations, sales presentations and technical inspection at the Fairgrounds. The dynamic events at Hannegan Speedway will include individual acceleration, hill climb, rock crawl and maneuverability courses, as well as a four-hour endurance run on Sunday, May 19.

The organizing committee is looking for additional sponsors and volunteers for the event. For more information and a detailed schedule please visit http://www.wwu.edu/bajasae/ or contact Peggy Warner at (360)650-4128 or Steven Fleishman at (360) 650-2914.