UL's Mechanical Engineering department competed in the 2009 Baja SAE Oregon competition May 8-10th. Each team designed and built a off-road vehicle prototype. The UL team finished 29th out of 99.

BAJA SAEStudents from the UL Mechanical Engineering Department traveled to Portland, Oregon to compete in the 2009 Baja SAE Oregon competition, May 8-10. This is the second event in the 2009 Baja SAE series, which is a premier engineering design competition for university teams. Each student team is to design and build a prototype of a rugged, single seat, off-road recreational vehicle which must be safe, easily transported, easily maintained and fun to drive. The official rules present the Program Objective as follows, “The object of the competition is to simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Each team is University of Louisiana Mechanical Engineering Team, Baja SAE Oregoncompeting to have its design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. The students must function as a team to design, build, test, promote and compete with a vehicle within the limits of the rules. They must also generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.”

With results newly posted, the UL Lafayette Team finished a very respectable 29th overall in a fiercely competitive field of 99. The Ragin’ Cajun Racing Team’s entry placed 6th in the Rock Crawl segment of the competition and passed the technical inspection with the maximum score. Baja SAE Oregon is an international event, participating student teams came from all across the United States and Canada, and from countries as far away as Korea, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Venezuela. The experience gained from competing in Baja SAE is invaluable to students, both as an educational enhancement and as personal enrichment.

Congratulations to the Ragin’ Cajun Racing Team for their efforts.



Photos by Jason Marr, Baja SAE Event Photographer


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