Baja NOW BAJA@IOWA: Patriot Debut Week & 2018 BAJA SAE Night April 22-29, 2018

 

It has been a pretty busy week at Iowa Baja. With the completion of our newest car, The Patriot, It has been a whirlwind exposing the University of Iowa Community to The Patriot as well as to introduce new people to Iowa Baja. Since the debut of The Patriot on April 19th, we have received countless comments of praise and awe across social media specifically about the newest member of the Baja fleet. Our Baja NOW Special Edition on the Debut of The Patriot attracted more attention than any previous Baja NOW with the compliments continuing to flood in.

 Professor Ching Long-Lin - Department Chair: Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Professor Ching Long-Lin - Department Chair: Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

  The Patriot  sitting on the Pentacrest

The Patriot sitting on the Pentacrest

Former Baja Presidents on
Iowa Baja & The Patriot

The hours spent designing and building The Patriot have set you all up to be great engineers in the future.
— Bill Durey - President, Iowa Baja 2011, 2012
As a former two-year president I know how much work members put into the cars and into the (organization). It’s great to see the tradition of Iowa Baja live on and be so successful. The Baja organization will challenge and push you to become better engineers and give you valuable experience preparing you for your future careers. Keep up the great work!
— Brent Sands
Glad to see all of your continued success. Keep on tearing it up and good luck at your upcoming Nationals race, Hawkeyes!
— Jeff Grignon - President, Iowa Baja 2013
 

Team Photo Day - Sunday April 22

With The Patriot finally complete, the Baja team headed to the University of Iowa's Pentacrest to take pictures with The Patriot and show the car off around campus. The Pentacrest is the former capitol area of the state of Iowa now a landmark of the campus of the University of Iowa. Pictures were taken in front of the iconic Old Capitol Building itself overlooking the west side of campus.  To see more pictures of the Baja Team Photo Day, check out our album on Facebook with the button below.

 The Iowa Baja Team

The Iowa Baja Team

 Car 33 on the Pentacrest

Car 33 on the Pentacrest

After we finished pictures on the Pentacrest, we moved to the terrace underneath the New Annex to the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts & Sciences to capture The Patriot near the building where designs and ideas of the vehicle were conceptualized by our members. 

 The Team walking Car 33 to the Seamans Center New Annex Terrace

The Team walking Car 33 to the Seamans Center New Annex Terrace

  The Patriot

The Patriot

 

2018 Baja SAE Night
with Professor Hiroyuki Sugiyama
Wednesday, April 25

On Wednesday, Iowa Baja hosted members of the College of Engineering Community as well as the Executive Board from the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers to hear Professor Hiroyuki Sugiyama present his research into vehicle dynamics and the effects of terrain on tire dynamics. After this, the team brought the guests over to the Iowa Baja Lab to present the car to the visitors as well as share ideas and insight into possible future design iterations. To see more photos from Baja SAE Night with Professor Hiroyuki Sugiyama, click the link below.

 Professor Hiroyuki Sugiyama presenting his presentation at 2018 SAE Baja Night

Professor Hiroyuki Sugiyama presenting his presentation at 2018 SAE Baja Night

 Members presenting  The Patriot  to members of the Mississippi Valley SAE Executive Board

Members presenting The Patriot to members of the Mississippi Valley SAE Executive Board

 Professor Hiroyuki Sugiyama presenting his presentation at 2018 SAE Baja Night

Professor Hiroyuki Sugiyama presenting his presentation at 2018 SAE Baja Night

 Members presenting  The Patriot  to members of the Mississippi Valley SAE Executive Board

Members presenting The Patriot to members of the Mississippi Valley SAE Executive Board

We are always looking for donations to our team. We accept material, machine time as well as monetary donations. For more information, check out the "Sponsors" page of our website.

  The Patriot's firewall, its signature design element.

The Patriot's firewall, its signature design element.