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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2000
LOCAL STUDENT COMPETES ON SDSM& T’s MINI- BAJA TEAM
Dan Sellars of Greybull is part of a five- member underclass team from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) to participate in the Mini- Baja Western Competition Thursday April 27 through Saturday April 29 at Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas. Eighty- three teams from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico competed in the weekend competition. Sellars is a junior, mechanical engineering major at Tech.
SDSM& T had two vehicles in this year’s competition. One vehicle was developed using last year’s frame with a few modifications and was comprised of students from the freshman, sophomore, and junior class levels. A second vehicle was designed by a group of seniors. The two vehicles finished 53rd and 73rd respectively with total scores of 560.105 and 374.518 out of a possible 1,000 points.
“ We ended up pretty low, but considering that we were out of our normal building for the year, the students did very well,” said Dr. Dan Dolan, faculty advisor. “ Car number 7 is the new car built by the seniors in senior design. Car number 9 is last year's car modified by an underclass team. Even though their score is very low, they did very well as a totally underclass team receiving no academic credit for their work. They have tremendous potential for next year.”
The Mini- Baja vehicles are traditionally built and designed in a lab located in the Civil Mechanical Engineering Building on campus, but due to a year- long renovation of the building, the vehicles have been transplanted into the Old Gym. The students patience and flexibility will pay off next year when they move into the new Caterpillar Student Excellence Center.
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.
The senior team leader is Chuck Cox, a senior mechanical engineering major from Yankton. Other senior team members attending the competition are Shawn Ericsson ( ME, Mobridge), Neil Schroetlin ( ME, Butte, NE), Jarid Shawd ( ME, Mitchell), Jim Sebert ( ME, Mitchell), Jamie Leclair ( ME, Mayville, ND), and Terra Stroup ( IENG, Fort Pierre). The underclass team members are Jaaron Johnson ( ME, Rapid City), Lee Gunderson ( ME, Watertown), Don Wishard ( ME, Lantry), and Erin Lachman ( ME, Rapid City).
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