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Clarkson Team Places Sixth Out Of 71 In Mini Baja East Competition

Following impressive finish, Clarkson students set their sights on upcoming Mini Baja 100 event in Arizona

"Once again our team performed outstandingly at the eastern competition," said Fred Stone, director of SPEED (Students Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) programs. "The team placed third in water maneuverability and fourth in the four-hour endurance event in which the vehicles negotiate a course of sand, woods and water. It was a great race and another great showing by the Clarkson students who have earned top-place finishes over the last seven competitions.”

Sponsored by the SAE, the annual Mini Baja intercollegiate competition challenges students to produce a prototype of an all-terrain, amphibious vehicle intended for sale to off road enthusiasts. The car must be safe, easy to maintain and easily transported. Student designers must adhere to strict engineering design rules, including designated frame strength.

At the competition, vehicles are tested for acceleration, handling, maneuverability, endurance and water mobility. The teams are evaluated on written and oral presentations by a panel of judges that include engineering and vehicle development experts from the automotive and off highway vehicle industry. In addition, each team must create and submit detailed safety drawings and design and cost reports for review prior to the competition.

“The Clarkson Mini Baja team is now preparing for the SAE Mini Baja 100 event early next month in Arizona. The Mini Baja Midwest competition to be held in Ohio will follow on June 16-19,” explained Stone. “By competing in all three events our team is eligible to win the coveted Triple Crown Award, which is given to the team with the highest combined points from the competitions. The Clarkson mini baja is one of 19 cars from 14 schools that are registered for all three races.”

SPEED receives its primary financial support from Alcoa, Corning, Eastman Kodak, the General Electric Fund, and Procter & Gamble. SPEED was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.

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