Our Team

Meet the members who make Baja possible

 

Executive Board

 
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Kayla Denson

President

Kayla is a 3rd year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to Iowa Baja she had no experience working with cars. Now, as President, she uses knowledge gained at Baja to lead the team. 

 
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Rob Pohren

Vice President

Rob is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student, specializing in design.
In his time away from Baja, he races sprint cars, hunts and  builds projects in his workshop.

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Eric Jones

Secretary

Eric is a 2nd year Mechanical Engineering student. His eventual goal is to become an Aerospace Engineer. He enjoys applying new techniques and information to what he designs and builds.

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Alex Dalziel

Treasurer

Alex is a Mechanical Engineering student. He brings previous experience with a robotics club to Iowa Baja, while also being on the Iowa Bowling Team.

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Mitch Evens

Lead Designer

 Mitch is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student with a focus on Design. In his free time, he likes to race, run, work on his cars and bowl. 

 

Public Relations

Meet the people who take you behind the scenes every week with Baja NOW, Baja MEDIA updates, and more from the Baja Laboratory.

 
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Bram Williams

Bram is a 3rd year Business Analytics/Information Systems Major. His job is to create, manage, and innovate Iowa Baja's media presence, as well as serve as liaison to the University and community at large. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music as well as sketching conceptual designs for futuristic cars. 

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Kaitlin Reither

Kaitlin is a 3rd year Biomedical Engineer with a focus in Biomechanics. When not updating Baja’s social media you can find her hiking, cooking, or hanging out with friends and family. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is anything with chocolate and brownies.

 

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General Members

 
Ben Atzen aka DJ Yeet Hometown: Altoona, Iowa Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Yee-Yee

Ben Atzen aka DJ Yeet

Hometown: Altoona, Iowa
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Yee-Yee

Samuel Berry Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Samuel Berry

Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Ryan Long

Ryan Long

Martell Bell Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Dark Chocolate

Martell Bell

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Dark Chocolate

Spencer Van Dorn Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa Major: Biomedical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Spencer Van Dorn

Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Danielle Lightfoot Hometown: Lee's Summit, Montana Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Dulce de Leche

Danielle Lightfoot

Hometown: Lee's Summit, Montana
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Dulce de Leche

Jake Bohde Hometown: Homer Glen, Illinois Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate

Jake Bohde

Hometown: Homer Glen, Illinois
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate

Ryan Stoneman Hometown: Chanhassen, Minnesota Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Gasoline

Ryan Stoneman

Hometown: Chanhassen, Minnesota
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Gasoline

Jacob Koke Hometown: Harlan, Iowa Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: French Vanilla

Jacob Koke

Hometown: Harlan, Iowa
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: French Vanilla

Peter Laubenthal Hometown: Davenport, Iowa Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Crea: Mint Chocolate Chip

Peter Laubenthal

Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Crea: Mint Chocolate Chip

Corey Galvin Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies & Cream

Corey Galvin

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies & Cream

Alejandra Lozano  

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Paulina Kroczak Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Paulina Kroczak

Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Liam Sharkie Hometown: Western Springs, Illinois Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Liam Sharkie

Hometown: Western Springs, Illinois
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Kyle Scharm Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Kyle Scharm

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla

Mark Jancaric Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Heath

Mark Jancaric

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Heath

Grant Schelley Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois Major: Mathematics Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Grant Schelley

Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois
Major: Mathematics
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

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Justin Garvin - Advisor

Justin Garvin is the current College of Engineering Faculty Advisor of Iowa Baja Racing. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and after graduation left to work for the United States Air Force Research Lab. Professor Garvin then returned to the University of Iowa to work at the IIHR - Hydroscience and Engineering. Soon after this, he began to teach full time. All of Professor Garvin's work has been computational, using computers to solve problems in the thermal sciences (i.e., heat transfer and fluid mechanics). His wife, Mona, is also a tenured professor in the Department of  Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa.

Away from the University of Iowa, Professor Garvin has enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife for four years and even competed in some dancing competitions. He golfs and lifts to stay fit, and enjoy's the simple things in life such as a pizza & ice cream date night with Mrs. Garvin. They will not be doing this foreseeable future, however, with a newborn on their hands.