About Us

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) competes yearly in international collegiate competitions sponsored by SAE and leading automotive manufacturers. The SAE Baja competitions require students to design and fabricate a single seat off-road vehicle. This competition requires talents such as engineering, project management, advanced machining and fabricating skills. The major goal of this competition is to prepare students for real world applications by providing hands-on experience. The SAE Baja team also competes in unofficial events such as Baja Blizzard and Midnight Mayhem, which follow similar objectives.

 

Each year three official National events are held in various locations throughout the United States. For the team to attend these events each year, they need funding for travel, parts and materials to build a competitive vehicle. Donations of any parts, supplies, tools and/or funding to purchase materials would be greatly appreciated.

 

These collegiate competitions provide hands-on experience, undertaken by the most dedicated and enthusiastic students in the fields of engineering technology curriculum. By sponsoring PNW Motorsports, you will have a direct impact in the careers of each student in the organization, providing them the oppotunity for real world experience thus, enhancing each individual's education. Contributing to this team by gifts-in-kind, monetary gifts, discounts on parts, supplies, etc. is a contribution to the future of engineering.

Team Leads

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Jacob Powers

Mechanical Engineering Technology '20

Zac Pinkston

Mechanical Engineering '21

Body Subteam

 

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Trevor VanOverloop (Head)

Mechanical Engineering '21

Angela Perez

Mechanical Engineering '21

Nickolas Nykiel

Mechanical Engineering '21

Dara Hutchison

Mechanical Engineering Technology '22

Konstantinos Triantafyllou

Mechanical Engineering '20

Brakes Subteam

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Kyle Erminger (Head)

Zac Pinkston

Mia Flory

Stephen Gries

Mechanical Engineering Technology '19

Mechanical Engineering '21

Mechanical Engineering Technology '22

Mechatronics Engineering Technology '21

 

Nickolas Nykiel

Mechanical Engineering '21

Drivetrain Subteam

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Jacob Powers (Head)

Zac Pinkston

Jake Scheeringa

Lacey Doyle

Mechanical Engineering Technology '20

Mechanical Engineering '21

Mechanical Engineering Technology '21

Mechanical Engineering Technology '21

 

James Kowalski

Mechanical Engineering '21

Electrical Subteam

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Stephen Gries (Head)

Mechatronics Engineering Technology '21

James Kowalski

Mechanical Engineering '21

Nathan Little

Mechanical Engineering '21

 

Ergonomics Subteam

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Lacey Doyle (Head)

Stephen Gries

Mechanical Engineering Technology '21

Mechatronics Engineering Technology '21

Jay Muro

Mechanical Engineering Technology '22

Dara Hutchison

Mechanical Engineering Technology '22

 

Konstantinos Triantafyllou

Mechanical Engineering '21

Frame Subteam

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Kyle Erminger (Head)

Nic Packwood

Zac Szymanek

Mechanical Engineering Technology '19

Mechanical Engineering Technology '21

Mechanical Engineering Technology '21

Jay Muro

Mechanical Engineering Technology '21

 

Nathan Little

Mechanical Engineering '21

Safety Subteam

 

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Stephen Gries (Head)

Jacob Powers

Lacey Doyle

Dara Hutchison

Mechatronics Engineering Technology '21

Mechanical Engineering Technology '20

Mechanical Engineering Technology '21

Mechanical Engineering Technology '22

Steering Subteam

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Trevor VanOverloop (Head)

Mechanical Engineering '21

Kyle Erminger

Mechanical Engineering Technology '19

Mia Flory

Mechanical Engineering Technology '22

Nickolas Nykiel

Mechanical Engineering '21

 

Suspension Subteam

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Nic Packwood (Head)

Mechanical Engineering Technology '21

Kyle Erminger

Mechanical Engineering Technology '19

Jake Scheeringa

Mechanical Engineering Technology '21

James Kowalski

Mechanical Engineering '21

 
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Jose Armando 

Angela Perez

Mechanical Engineering '21

Mechanical Engineering '21

Advisors

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Rick Rickerson

Faculty Advisor

Jesus De La Cruz

Graduate Mentor