Blizzard Baja SAE
Faculty Advisor: Kevin Johnson
Michigan Tech’s long-standing tradition in Baja SAE dates back to the first competition in 1981. Tech pioneered the Winter Baja Invitational and continues to host and organize it annually. The Michigan Tech Blizzard Baja Enterprise is a student-led organization that designs, builds, and tests a single-seat off-road vehicle to compete in a national competition. The team’s students use modern engineering and manufacturing processes to enhance vehicle performance by focusing on reduction of vehicle mass, maximization of drivetrain efficiency, improvement of driver visibility and comfort, and optimization of off-road vehicle handling and maneuverability. Each year, the team designs and builds a completely new vehicle for entrance into one or more of the national SAE Baja events. The team also organizes their own Winter Baja International event in February which brings nearly 20 universities and 50 vehicles to the Upper Peninsula each year. Michigan Tech’s Baja team has a long history of success in SAE competitions. In 2012 Blizzard Baja placed 8th among nearly 100 teams in the Baja SAE Wisconsin event.
Clean Snowmobile Team
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Blough
The overall team goal is to design and build a snowmobile that achieves reduced emissions and noise characteristics, minimizes additional cost, all while keeping performance equal to or better than the performance of stock snowmobiles. The Clean Snowmobile Enterprise is creating a clean-burning snowmobile that runs on isobutanol and a full electric snowmobile. Some of the major projects include an exhaust system, an intake system, and a new fuel calibration for the internal combustion snowmobile, as well as a new rear drive system for the electric snowmobile. The team competes in the Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center.
Faculty Advisor: Jim DeClerck
Formula SAE is a student competition where more than 100 teams from universities around the world build a formula-style race car to compete in both static and dynamic events at the annual Formula SAE world competition held in Michigan. The concept is to build an affordable race car geared towards the weekend auto-crosser where the static engineering innovations and dynamic racing capabilities are judged and ranked. Michigan Tech has a long history of top performing cars. Each year we push the racing envelope to develop cutting edge innovations that will create the future of racing!
Faculty Advisor: Rick Berkey
Supermileage Systems Enterprise (SSE) is comprised of students working as a design team with the current mission of redesigning the super-high-mileage vehicle that will challenge other engineering schools at the 2015 SAE Supermileage Competition held at Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI. A new body has been redesigned using computer-aided engineering to minimize drag forces on the body. A new process has been developed for manufacturing the body to reduce overall vehicle mass by 20 percent. The engine team has developed a new fuel injection system and optimized the efficiency testing program to achieve greater engine efficiency. Finally, SSE will soon start work on a second car that is battery-powered.