Mechanical Engineering Students Participate in Mini-Baja Competition

Five Manhattan College mechanical engineering students attended the Society of Automobile Engineers Mini-Baja competition.

From June 8 through June 11, five Manhattan College mechanical engineering students (Mark Kaszczak ’11, Christopher Grech ’11, Michael Flynn ’11, Joseph Messina ’12 and Walter Trapp ’13) attended the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja competition in Peoria, Ill., at the Caterpillar Testing and Education Facility. Prior to attending the conference, clubs from schools across the country designed, built and tested small off-road vehicles.

The three-day competition included an examination of each school’s vehicle design, a formal presentation by students, a rigorous safety check and individual events (hill climb, a maneuverability test, a suspension test and a top acceleration event). On the last day, each vehicle participated in an endurance race around an off road track with rough terrain, bumps, jumps, ledges and hills as many times as possible in four hours.

Manhattan College placed 82nd out of the 115 registered schools and since returning from the competition, the students plan to complete performance tests this summer to further enhance next year’s vehicle.