What is Baja?

Baja SAE is an intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Teams of students from universities all over the world design and build small off-road cars. The goal in Baja SAE racing is to design, build and race off-road vehicles that can withstand the harshest elements of rough terrain. Each team competes in a variety of dynamic events including an endurance race, maneuverability course, sled pull, hill climb, acceleration event, and more! Cars also compete in a variety of static events including design judging, sales presentation, cost report and others.

Most of the team after an exhilarating Tennessee Comp

Executive Board

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George Cheng

Chief Engineer

MechE ‘20

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Kelly Davis

Operations Director

EnviroE ‘20

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Andrew Johnson

Project Manager

IE ‘20

Subteam Leads

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James Slattery

Business Lead

MMSS ‘21

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Diana Tschirky

Chassis Lead

MechE ‘20

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Andrew Gutknecht

Suspension Lead

MechE ‘20

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Reuben Grossman

EDAQ Lead

MechE ‘20 & MaDE ‘20

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Jonathan Kim

Ergonomics Lead

MechE ‘21

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Mateo Osorio

Powertrain Lead

MechE ‘20

Team Members

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Tori Wu

BME ‘20

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Alan Grampp

MechE ‘20

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Noah Laughlin

BME ‘20

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Jesse Noss

MechE ‘21

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Willa Ostroff

MechE ‘21

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Summer Duffy

BME ‘21

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Jason Jarrold Grapes

MechE ‘21

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Jose Amador

MechE ‘22

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Samuel Crites

EE & CS ‘22

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Cameron Mastoras

MechE ‘22


Alumni

 

Class of 2019

Mikey Diamond

Class of 2014

History

Northwestern’s Baja team was the first automotive club on campus. We were founded in 1988 by a group of undergraduate engineers and ever since then, our team has been dedicated to giving Northwestern students an opportunity to become involved in the design, fabrication, and maintenance of an off-roading race car.

The records are fuzzy though, and around 2008,  our team dwindled in size. For a couple years, only two or three members kept it alive. But these few dedicated students never quit, putting in hundreds of hours to build a car all on their own. With their perseverance, in February of 2013 and then again in May of the same year, this team finally raced – we represented Northwestern University at a national competition for the first time in three years.

Since then, this small, close-knit group has been growing in leaps and bounds. With the steady addition of new members every year, we've put those new brains and hands to work on the (electronic) drawing boards and in the shop, and it has led to marked improvements in our performance at the annual SAE competitions. 

We're proud to continue the traditions of this team and beyond excited to witness the progress to come.

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