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New Mexico State University engineering students to compete in Mini Baja West June 1-4

Mechanical engineering students from New Mexico State University will compete in the Mini Baja West competition June 1-4 in Tucson, Ariz.


nt, organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, provides SAE student members with a project that challenges them to manufacture and design an off-road vehicle. Teams will compete to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm.

Two teams will compete from NMSU - an SAE team and a team from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). "This is a good mechanical engineering project, and many students become mechanical engineering majors because of this competition," said Young Ho Park, the adviser to the ASME team and assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Members of the SAE team are Steve Beaudoin, Scott Burrington, Chris Davis, Casey Door, Brian Guzzi, Scott Hightower, Gayle Holden, John Humphrey, Greg Pennington, Gwynne Skaggs Ryan and Robert Turnbull.

Members of the ASME team are Luis Antonio Acuna, Joel Fountain, Jesus Mendoza, Crystal Rodriguez and Ryan Shuman.

All teams will use the same engine, but must design their own vehicle. At the competition they will be judged on vehicle performance, the cost of making the vehicle and a presentation about the vehicle.