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University Baja Team Places 21 in SAE International Competition

MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2016 - 12:00 AM All News , Engineering

Team places eighth in Hill Climb event

2016 Baja Competition

The Golden Bear Baja Team competed for the second year in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Baja Endurance Race in Rochester, NY. Baja SEA is an intercollegiate engineering design competition. Teams of students from all over the world design, build, and race small off-road vehicles that can withstand the harshest elements of rough terrain.

After a strong showing last year, and a complete vehicle overhaul this year which shed 150 pounds off of the vehicle, the team placed 21st (moving up 8 positions from last year) out of 100 universities worldwide. With a growing membership of freshmen and sophomores, the young Western New England University team doubled in size this year and engineered and built a vehicle that placed eighth in the grueling Hill Climb event.

“I am extremely proud of the entire team this year, the advancements we were able to make were substantial and it sets up the team to do even better next year,” said David Greenslade ’14/G’15, SAE Mini Baja team leader.