Longview, TX (Letourneau University) — LeTourneau University engineering students recently won fifth place overall among over 100 teams in the national Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2013 Baja Team competition in Cookeville, Tenn., with their “Renegade Racing” baja car.
“Had it not been for a chain sprocket failure during the endurance competition, they would have taken first place over Cornell University by over 20 points,” said the LETU Baja faculty sponsor Richard Baney.
Besides the fifth place overall finish, LETU students won third place in overall dynamics, fifth place in acceleration, fifth place in suspension/traction, seventh place in maneuverability and eighth place in design. They placed 15th in endurance and 17th in cost.
The competition requires the students to design, build and test a one-seat off-road vehicle with a set of limitations. The event tests the cars in acceleration, maneuverability, hill climb and suspension, before being put on an endurance course.
“Last semester, the students designed this car from the ground up,” Baney said. “Then in the spring semester, these students build their car from those designs. What they took to competition was a completely new car. I’m proud of their achievement.”
The 16 team member include: Travis Larson, senior mechanical engineering major from Isanti, Minn.; Hawk Harrison, senior mechanical engineering major from Brevard, N.C.; Paul Christophersen, senior mechanical engineering major from Fairfax Station, Va.; Daniel Hawk, senior mechanical engineering technology major from Holtville, Calif.; Janelle Lemke, senior electrical engineering major from Bonanza, Ore.; Michelle Phillips, senior materials joining technology major from New Braunfels, Texas; Ben Wolfgang, senior electrical engineering major from Gaylord, Mich.; Peter Cooke, senior mechanical engineering major from Tyler, Texas; Ryan Pickenpaugh, senior mechanical engineering technology major from Longview, Texas; Burton Rhodes, senior materials joining technology major from Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Matthew Martin, senior electrical/mechanical engineering major from Sykesville, Penn.; Candice Nishimura, senior design technology major from San Mateo, Calif.; Andy Brady, senior mechanical engineering major from Tyler, Texas; Kyle Broda, senior materials joining technology major from Lynchburg, Va.; Yoni Severs, senior mechanical engineering major from Spring Lake Park, Minn.; and Kyle Stoltzfus, senior mechanical engineering major from Gap, Penn.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, with undergraduate and graduate programs online and at education centers around the state. Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology.
Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact.