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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2000
SDSM& T MINI- BAJA TEAM TO COMPETE AT WESTERN
COMPETITION APRIL 27- 29
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Mini- Baja team will compete in the Western Competition Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. 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- wheel, off- road recreation vehicle. The Briggs & Stratton Corporation donated an eight horsepower engine for each team’s vehicle. At this year’s competition the teams will be testing a new motor for Briggs & Stratton that has not yet hit the marketplace.
The Mini- Baja judges evaluate 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.
At last year’s competition Tech’s Mini- Baja team placed in the top ten in five out of the seven events of the competition. They took 4th place in the Hill Climb event; 6th place in Safety and Design; 8th place in Maneuverability; 9th place in Sales presentation; and 9th place in Acceleration.
SDSM& T will have two vehicles in this year’s competition. One vehicle has been developed using last year’s frame with a few modifications and is comprised of students from the freshman, sophomore, and junior class levels. A second vehicle has been designed by a group of seniors. Both vehicles were aided in development by students attending Western Dakota Technical Institute.
The senior team leader is Chuck Cox, a senior mechanical engineering major from Yankton. Other senior team members attending the competition are Jarid Shawd ( ME, Mitchell), Shawn Ericsson ( ME, Mobridge), Jamie Leclair ( ME, Mayville, ND), Jim Sebert ( ME, Mitchell), Terra Stroup ( IENG, Fort Pierre), and Neil Schroetlin ( ME, Butte, NE). The underclass team members are Don Wishard ( ME, Lantry), Jaaron Johnson ( ME, Rapid City), Dan Sellars ( ME, Greybull, WY), Lee Gunderson ( ME, Watertown), and Erin Lachman ( ME, Rapid City).
After the team returns from the competition they will hold an unveiling on the campus of SD Tech. A date has not yet been set.
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