The UMBC Baja SAE team was reestablished in 2002 and has been competing in all three North American events each year since 2010. The dedication of our team members is one of the keys to our success. In addition to the typical degree course load, new members spend approximately 5 to 15 hours, and senior members spend upwards of 30+ hours a week working on the project without receiving classroom credit. There are typically between 15 and 25 members, consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students. Many of our undergraduate members continue on to graduate studies at UMBC. The backgrounds of our members are diverse, ranging from materials research to management to racing. The project allows members apply classroom theory to a real world problem while enhancing teamwork and project management skills.
UMBC's team facilities and equipment include:
Design Lab- A room dedicated specifically for the team's design and collaboration efforts. Computers are equipped with Solidworks CAD software, as well as other useful programs such as Lotus Shark and Camnetics GearTeq.
Manufacturing facilities- Referred to simply as "The Shop", this space is a converted bus wash bay containing all of the teams machining and fabrication equipment which includes a mill, lathe, welder, grinder, band saw, drill press, and hand tools.
Test Track- Newly created in 2012, this is a dedicated space on campus allowing the team to drive vehicles over actual obstacles resembling those that are seen during the competition events