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( April 15, 1998)
SDSM& T TEAM TO RACE OFF- ROAD VEHICLE IN MINI- BAJA COMPETITION APRIL 16- 18
SDSM& T’s student team will race their off- road vehicle in the Mini- Baja West Competition being held April 16- 18, 1998, at the University of Texas- El Paso. Fifty- five teams from forty- six universities in the U. S. and Mexico are entered in this year’s Mini- Baja West Competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers ( SAE).
The Mini- Baja competition is an intercollegiate contest designed to stimulate real- world engineering design projects. Each student team designs, builds, and races a four- wheel, single seat, off- road recreation vehicle intended for sale to the non- professional weekend off- road enthusiast. Competition rules require the vehicles to be safe, easily transported, easily maintained, fun to drive, and able to negotiate rough terrain without damage. Each vehicle is powered by an 8- hp engine that Briggs & Stratton Corporation donates to each team.
The vehicles are judged on soundness of their construction, their acceleration and maneuverability, and will be judged on their performance in a hill climb and a 4- hour endurance race over rugged terrain. The race is patterned after the famed Baja 1000 off- road race.
Kent Jacobs, senior Mechanical Engineering major from Rapid City, is the team leader of SDSM& T’s Mini- Baja project, with graduate student Brian Herbst of Rapid City serving as team advisor. Drivers of the Mini- Baja vehicle during the competition will be Cam Seger, senior, Oelrichs; Jaaron Johnson, freshman, Rapid City; Jerry Peterson, senior, Sundance WY; and Charles Asp, senior, McHenry IL. Other team members include Tim Naumann, freshman, Mobridge; Dan Mertens, freshman, Milbank; Arlin Sandbulte, junior, Sherman; and Mark Fauske, sophomore, Wall. The team members are all Mechanical Engineering majors.
" The Mini- Baja competition provides our engineering students with practical, real- world applications of the theories they learn in the classroom and laboratories," says Dr. Dan Dolan, SDSM& T Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who serves as faculty advisor to the team. " Our Mini- Baja students gain valuable experience in project management, team- building, organization and other important workplace skills."
Upon returning from the competition, SDSM& T’s Mini- Baja team will have their vehicle on display April 25- 26 during SDSM& T Weekend at the Rushmore Mall and also at the SDSM& T Senior Design Fair on April 28 in the Surbeck Center on campus.
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