Our Team

Meet the members who make Baja possible

 

Executive Board

 
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Rob Pohren

President

Rob is a 4th 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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Kayla Denson

Vice President

Kayla is a 4th year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to Iowa Baja she had no experience working with cars. Now, as Vice President, she uses knowledge gained at Baja to help lead the team.
 

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Eric Jones

Secretary

Eric is a 3nd 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 3rd 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 4th 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

Director of Public Relations

Bram is a 4th 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

Social Media Coordinator

Kaitlin is a 4th 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  Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Ryan Long

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

 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, Missouri Major: Mechanical Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Dulce de Leche

Danielle Lightfoot

Hometown: Lee's Summit, Missouri
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

 Eric Frings  Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Major: Industrial Engineering Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies and Cream

Eric Frings

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Industrial Engineering
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies and Cream

 Abby Denson  Hometown: Wauconda, Illinois Major: Nursing Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Abby Denson

Hometown: Wauconda, Illinois
Major: Nursing
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

 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.