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SAE Baja Team: support student engineers

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SAE Baja Team: support student engineers

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2016-2017 Baja Team
2016-2017 SAE Baja Team

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja Team is an on campus student organization that designs builds and races a rugged off road vehicle. The team needs support/resources to compete at their yearly international competition where they face rigorous tests, present professional presentations, and race their vehicle for the overall goal of selling their vehicle for mass production as well as accumulating the maximum points in each category. Donations will go towards: materials and parts to build their car, spare parts, and travel costs.

“Baja not only changed my college experience, but it completely changed my life.” –Drew Cassidy, 2017

Hello! My name is Drew Cassidy; I am a senior here at New Mexico State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I also have the joy and honor of being the Baja President this year. I’d like to welcome you with open arms to our NMSU Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja family.

I’m super excited about you visiting our site, whether you are a parent/supporter of a member, or a potential sponsor. As you may or may not know, in short: Baja is an on campus student organization that designs, builds, tests, and races a rugged off-road vehicle. We compete against 100 teams, internationally, in an annual competition hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Competition is what we work all year for, and probably one of the most rewarding parts of Baja; but that’s not all. Baja, to me, really is about the community.


This year, that is my main focus; not only creating and keeping that family environment, but becoming and staying an active part in our community. One of the huge parts of that, is as a sponsor, you become a part of the family. We send all our sponsors a monthly newsletter, to give you the 411 on Baja; to show you the direct impact your contribution has on students’ lives. This community environment is one of the big aspects on how Baja changed my college experience-180.

I went from taking classes alone to having a network of friends I would study and work with. Other Baja members that had already taken the classes I was currently in would happily offer to help anytime there was a concept I was struggling to understand. In Baja we grow together as a team.

Another aspect of Baja that I find extremely important for student growth, is the teaching environment we create. Through Baja students have the opportunity to ask the “stupid” questions.They learn in many different areas (technician, technical, communicational…etc.) and really bridge the gap between “real-world” and theory. We provide a learning environment for students of all levels (pre-university to graduate) and backgrounds (engineering to business) to gain the skills they need to not only land a job, but to be able to excel in their workplace. This is huge advantage, because it keeps students interested in their major while they are waiting to take those 300/400 level courses that are actually in their major, and not just general education requirements. It doesn’t stop there, it also creates understanding and appreciation for when they are in those 300/400 level engineering courses, because students now have already experienced the hands-on aspect.

The last major aspect of how Baja benefits students professionally is the fact that we run our club as a professional engineering organization. We not only use Cummins design processes and procedures; weekly we teleconferences with them to collaboratively talk about our engineering and management progress and problems. This really is the real-deal.

We openly invite you to come meet us; we meet every Thursday at 5:00 PM in the Student Project Center in Jett Annex room 196.

We need your help to run our program. Every contribution made on this platform goes 100% towards funding SAE Baja as we help students grow and compete this year. Your donation, regardless of the amount, adds up to make a positive impact on our students. Please make your contribution today. If you have any  uestions/comments/concerns, feel free to email me at Thank you for your generosity.


Drew Cassidy


Here are some throwbacks: 

2015-2016 SAE Baja Team
2015-2016 SAE Baja Team


2014-2015 SAE Baja Team


2013-2014 SAE Baja Team


2012-2013 SAE Baja Team



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Lug Nut Sponsor

PRACTICE MATERIAL: $2.39 One Gallon of Gas $7.25 10 Feet of Conduit Safety $11.95 One Pack of Tear-offs CHASSIS: $6 One Foot 4130 Chromalloy TOOLS: $7.98 Metric Hex Key Set $7.98 SAE Hex Key Set BRAKES: $4.79 One Can of Brake Cleaner $9.99 12 ounces of Brake Fluid ELECTRONICS: $10.99 Four Feet of Wire Loom OTHER: $2.97 Bucket $3.97 Black Duct Tape $5.99 Loctite $7.34 Scotch Guard $7.84 WD40 $8.93 One Quart Synthetic Motor Oil 5W – 30 $11.85 One Bottle of Aluminum Cutting Fluid


Wheel Sponsor

SAFETY: $11.95 One Pack of Tear-offs TOOLS: $29.98 Clamp Set $29.98 Screw Driver Set ELECTRONICS: $19.32 Back-up Light $25.99 One Kill Switch BRAKES: $14.99 Brake Light Switches $19.99 Brake Light $25.90 Brake Pad OTHER: $22 Assorted Hose Clamps


Axiel Sponsor

SAFETY: $34.95 One Driver Goggle $34.99 One Neck Support $34.99 One Set of Arm Restraints $39.99 One Set of Driver Gloves TOOLS: $47.80 Hammer Set BRAKES: $36.50 Brake Rotor $49.99 Pressure Brake Bleeder ELECTRONICS: $33.54 One Pound of Solder $49.50 Wiring


Steering Wheel Sponsor

SAFETY: $97.99 Seat Belts TOOLS: $79.99 ¼ Drive Socket Set $82.72 Plier Set $99.97 3/8 Drive Socket Set SUSPENSION: $59.99 One Shock Spring DRIVELINE: $96 One Wheel $97 One Tire BRAKES: $89 Brake Master Cylinder


Chasis Sponsor

SAFETY: $149.99 One Driver Suit $169.95 One Shell M Rated Driving Helmet CHASSIS: $120 One Sheet Aluminum Body Material TOOLS: $134 Metric Wrench Set $134 SAE Wrench Set $149.97 ½ Drive Socket Set $179 Impact Drill $249 Impact Wrench ELECTRONICS: $190.25 Soldering Iron BRAKES: $139.99 Brake Caliper SUSPENSION: $147.59 4x4x24 6061 T6 Aluminum for Front Knuckle $228.83 5x5x12 6061 T6 Aluminum for Rear Carrier $249.99 One Shock OTHER $120 Transponder $250 SAE Rule Book Specified Engine


Motorsports Sponsor

COMPETITION COSTS: $429 Sends One Student to Competition SAFETY: $414.99 Seat


Winner's Circle Sponsor

DRIVELINE: $1200 Transaxle $1500 CVT COMPETITION COSTS: $1250 Registration for One Competition

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