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SAE Baja Team: support student engineers

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
209 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 31, at 11:58 PM MST
Project Owners

We're getting ready for competition!

March 06, 2018

Good Afternoon,

Our Baja Team is preparing to compete in two regionally sponsored competitions this year and we wouldn't have been able to do this without you.

We have been hard at work all year building an off-road vehicle—however, our work consists of more than just building. We also have design reports, costs reports—you have to know how much everything costs in terms of things like cutting tubes, bending tubes—it’s a full analysis of everything and a real in-depth competition.

We've had our largest membership, as a group, ever! And the highest amount of funding support ever for NMSU SAE Baja. And that's all because of you.

“This is going to be our year.” -Ken Ruble.

We'll be competing in two regional competitions—the first from May 17-20 in Pittsburg, Kansas and the second on May 30 to June 30 2018 in Oregon. Our competition will include Universities from across the nation as well as International Universities from nations such as India, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Korea, Canada, and more. Stay connected for future pictures and videos from our competitions.

Last year every graduating Baja student that was a member of last year’s team earned employment upon graduation with the exception of one student who entered graduate school. It is apparent that the team has a lot to be proud of but there a still a lot of work to be put in.

“I think this is one of the best student organizations for engineering students to develop their hard skills, communication skills—all of the things they’re not getting in a classroom.” -Ken Ruble.

I'm so proud of the work we have done together, but this is only the beginning. Thank you again for making your gift to support our team of student engineers.


Drew Cassidy



If you would like to make an additional donation or set up a recurring donation we would appreciate your contribution of any amount. Simply go to:​

Happy New Year!

January 02, 2018

As we celebrate the beginning of a new year we wanted to express our sincerest gratitude for your support. Your donations support our Baja Team and empower student engineers. Thank you for your support through this fundraising campaign. If you would like to continue to support the Baja Team, you can make additional contributions by going to:

Whether you give a one-time donation or whether you choose to set up monthly contributions, every donation adds up to make an impact. We wish you all the best in 2018!


Ken Ruble, SAE Baja Team Advisor

200 Donors, 102% LET'S KEEP GOING!

December 08, 2017

We are so grateful for all of our supporters who have given to support our student organization! WOW :) Our BAJA Team has just registered for a second competition and will need additional support so we are increasing our goal to $20,000. To make a gift please go online to: 

Please feel free to share this link with others!


Ken Ruble SAE Baja Team Advisor

Together we've made it happen!

December 04, 2017

Good Afternoon,

WOW! Thank you so much for your donations. So far, we 've received 195 donations totaling $15,250. Please stay connected for a special update from our shop in Jett Hall. Can't wait to share the news :)


Drew Cassidy

99% of the way. Please share!

December 01, 2017

Hello, we're 99% of the way toward our goal of $15,000. Please help us by sharing the project link: Every dollar adds up to make an impact for our Baja Team of student engineers! Thank you to each and every one of our supporters.


Drew Cassidy

We're almost there!

November 29, 2017

Good Morning,

We are 96% of the way toward our goal and this would not be possible without your support. Thank you for your donations on #GivingTuesday. We are truly grateful for each and every one of you. 

Please continue to help share this project, there is still time to make an impact for our Baja Team students.


-Ken Ruble, Baja Advisor

Thank You!

November 27, 2017

Thank you so much for your donations toward our NMSU Baja Team! You've made an impact and we wanted share some footage from our shop in Jett Hall Annex. Remember, Giving Tuesday starts at midnight tonight :)

Please share this opportunity with others:


Your #GivingTuesday Invitation

November 21, 2017


We'd like to thank you for your generous support and contribution via Make a STATEment. Your contribution is valued and makes an impact for students in the NMSU system.

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that contributions to this specific project are eligible for matches as a part of our #GivingTuesday campaign. 

Donations made on #GivingTuesday (November 28, 2017) beginning at 12:00am midnight on 11/28/17 will be eligible for match, dollar-for-dollar up to $2,500 per household. We have set aside $125,000 specifically for this matching challenge and we hope you're inspired to make an additional contribution on #GivingTuesday.

Please help us get the word out by sharing this opportunity with others.


Adrian Bautista NMSU Foundation (575) 646-2552

We are 60% percent of the way, we still need your support!

November 15, 2017

Good Morning,

We are currently 60% percent of the way toward our goal and we need your support. Please continue to help us by sharing this opportunity with others! Share the following link:

Thank you again, for making your investment in our students. You are truly changing lives!


Ken Ruble, Advisor to SAE Baja Team

Thanks to you, we are now 51% of the way!

November 08, 2017

Thank you to each and every one of our supporters! We are 50% of the way toward reaching our goal. So far, we've had 111 donors step up to help us and we are so grateful. Your donations make a difference for our team. We really couldn't do this without you. Thank you!




-Glen Throneberrry, Lead Engineer NMSU SAE Baja Team

Thank You So Much!

October 25, 2017

Good Afternoon,


Thank you for your donation! We are 40% of the way toward our goal and we have received 84 contributions, WOW. Your contribution is an investment in our SAE Baja Team of student engineers. Please help us by sharing our project with your friends, family and other former members of Baja. Here's the link:


If you know someone who isn't comfortable making a contribution online, they can mail their check directly to:

NMSU Foundation

PO Box 3590

Las Cruces, NM 88003-3590


Please make your checks payable to: NMSU Foundation

Also, please make sure they write the following note in the check memo line: SAE Baja Team Crowdfunding


Thanks again for making a difference and donating to help our students.




Ken Ruble, SAE Baja Team Faculty Advisor


Choose a giving level


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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