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04-20-2007

Clarkson Baja SAE Team Receives First-place Design Award in Ocala, Fla.

The Clarkson University Baja SAE (formerly Mini-Baja) team recently competed at the University of Central Florida in Ocala, Fla. The team is part of the University's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program.

The team received a first-place award from Autodesk Inc. for their exemplary design report, demonstrating the best written and graphic communication of the engineering design process. The first-place award includes $750 plus a copy of Autodesk Inventor Professional CAD software.

Several events make up the overall Baja competition. The other areas that the Clarkson team excelled in were Engineering Design (6th place) and Water Maneuverability (7th place). The team finished 21st overall out of 75 schools.

The Clarkson team designs and builds an all terrain, amphibious vehicle from scratch each year. The car is designed to handle jumps, logs, rocks, ponds, and just about anything else that most cars are not equipped to handle.

The Baja SAE team members are Justin Bush, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Sauquoit, N.Y.; Mark Czajkowski, a junior mechanical engineering major from Munnsville, N.Y.; Benjamin Delibac, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Essex Junction, Vt.; Andrew Falcone, a junior aeronautical engineering major from Mannsville, N.Y.; Aaron Flewelling, a freshman civil engineering major from Sutton, N.H.; Christopher Herb, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from LaGrangeville, N.Y.; Joseph Hertline, a junior mechanical engineering major from Whitesboro, N.Y.; Matthew Krass, a freshman electrical engineering major from Holbrook, N.Y.; Andrew MacDougall, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Colton, N.Y.; Timothy Marley, a junior mechanical engineering major from Gainesville, N.Y.; Steven Pickering, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Rochester, N.Y.; Kevin Rahn, a freshman chemical engineering major from Marcy, N.Y.; Kristopher Renadette, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Morrisonville, N.Y.; Thomas Spies, a junior mechanical engineering major from West Berne, N.Y.; Daniel Stanley, a junior mechanical engineering major from Peru, N.Y.; Kevin Stonage, a sophomore aeronautical engineering major from Lower Burrell, Pa.; Erik Strahl, a senior mechanical engineering major from Moira, N.Y.; Alexander Wells, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Chesterville, Maine; Daniel Zehler, a sophomore financial information and analysis major from Alden, N.Y.; and Timothy Zoll, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Middletown, N.Y.

The SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives exemplifying Clarkson's boundary-spanning approach to education. SPEED promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 250 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design and analysis, and fabrication. In addition, students learn real-world business skills such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communications skills. SPEED receives its primary financial support from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation with contributions from ExxonMobil and Turner Construction Company. The program was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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