Institute Report, June 2008
For the second year, VMI mechanical engineering students competed in the Baja Series of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ annual collegiate design challenge May 1-3 at Tennessee Tech University. Participants must design build, test, promote and race an off-road vehicle that will survive rough terrain and sometimes water. Participants must also generate financial support for their projects.
VMI was among 95 schools competing from as far away as France, Korea, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada. From the 73 schools that passed technical inspections to compete, VMI placed 59th. Cadets Will Russo, Matt Mitchell, Frank Muntean, Tim Hichak, Jim Duke, Thomas Gottwald and Andrew Rohrback attended the competition, accompanied by department machinist Ron Chandler.