To provide students with real-world engineering experience. The whole experience of the buggy relates to what students will face in their engineering careers: Design, manufacture, problem solving, and time management, working with a team, budgets, and networking skills (just to name a few).
The Baja Buggy Team competes annually at national and international competitions sponsored by SAE. Team members design, build and race a new car each year.
How to Join
If you are interested in participating with the Baja Buggy, contact faculty adviser Katherine Bloemker.
Founded in 1905 with 30 members and was then called the Society of Automobile Engineers. Andrew Riker served as president, and an up-and-coming engineering talent named Henry Ford served as the society’s first vice president. SAE member Elmer Sperry actually created the term “automotive” from Greek autos (self), and Latin motivus (of motion) origins to represent any form of self-powered vehicle. At the 1916 Annual meeting, representatives from the American Society of Aeronautic Engineers, the Society of Tractor Engineers, as well as representatives from the power boating industry made a pitch to SAE for oversight of technical standards in their industries. Aeronautics was a fledgling industry at that time, and few could have been expected to know the essential role it would take in world history in a very short time. Early supporters of the concept of a society to represent aeronautical engineers were Thomas Edison, Glenn Curtiss, Glenn Martin, and Orville Wright. As a result of that meeting, SAE member Elmer Sperry actually created the term “automotive” from Greek autos (self), and Latin motivus (of motion) origins to represent any form of self-powered vehicle. As a result, the Society of Automobile Engineers became the Society of Automotive Engineers. As time went on, SAE, like the industries and individuals it serves, became larger, more global, more diverse, and more electronic. SAE now creates and manages more aerospace and ground vehicle standards than any other entity in the world. In 1996 the society elected its first African-American president, Claude Verbal of General Motors. In 2000, SAE named its first female president, Dr. Rodica Baranescu of Navistar International. Baranescu was also born and educated in Romania. In 2002, SAE elected its first Indian president, Dr. S. M. Shahed of Honeywell Corporation’s Garrett Engine Boosting Systems Division.