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( April 23, 1998)
WALL STUDENT COMPETES IN MINI- BAJA REGIONAL COMPETITION:
SDSM& T TEAM WINS SALES PRESENTATION EVENT AND FINISHES 9TH OUT OF 55
Mark Fauske of Wall, a sophomore mechanical engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, was a member of the SDSM& T Mini- Baja team that competed in the recent Mini- Baja West Competition. SDSM& T’s Mini- Baja team won the sales presentation event and finished 9th overall out of 55 teams in this year��s competition. Forty- six universities from the U. S. and Mexico competed in the 1998 Mini- Baja West Competition held April 16- 18 at the University of Texas- El Paso.
Sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers ( SAE), the intercollegiate Mini- Baja competition involves real- world engineering design projects in which each student team designs, builds, and races a four- wheeled, off- road recreation vehicle. The Briggs & Stratton Corporation donates an 8- horsepower engine for each team’s vehicle.
The Mini- Baja judges evaulate each team on standards of engineering design, technical inspection/ safety, sales presentation and cost analysis. In addition to acceleration/ braking, maneuverability, and hill climb events, the vehicles also compete in a 4- hour, off- road endurance race over rugged terrain to determine dependability.
" By winning the sales presentation event and earning a 9th - place overall finish, our Mini- Baja students demonstrated not only their engineering expertise but also their abilities to communicate effectively. These important qualities will help our students succeed in the workplace after they graduate," says Dr. Dan Dolan, SDSM& T Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mini- Baja team faculty advisor.
SDSM& T’s Mini- Baja team leader is Kent Jacobs, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Rapid City. Other team members included Charles Asp, McHenry IL; Jaaron Johnson, Rapid City; Dan Mertens, Milbank; Tim Naumann, Mobridge; Jerry Peterson, Sundance WY; Arlin Sandbulte, Sherman; and Cam Seger, Oelrichs. Graduate student Brian Herbst of Rapid City serves as team advisor. The students are all Mechanical Engineering majors.
SDSM& T’s Mini- Baja vehicle will be exhibited April 28th during the Senior Design Fair in the Surbeck Center, which is free and open to the public.
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Caption: Mark Fauske, Wall, is standing third from left behind the Mini- Baja vehicle with his team members. ( Photo Courtesy of SDSM& T University & Public Relations Office.)
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