ONU Teams Place High in Baja Competition, Concrete Canoe Nationals
The Ohio Northern University off-road vehicle team finished 17th at Baja SAE Wisconsin 2009, held in Burlington, Wis., June 11-14. In addition, ONU's concrete canoe team finished 13th at the 22nd annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., June 11-13.
"Through these competition activities, the students in the T.J. Smull College of Engineering have the opportunity to compete against the best colleges and universities from around the nation and the world," said Dr. Eric Baumgartner, dean of ONU's College of Engineering. "Our ability to achieve success at these levels is a measure of our commitment to excellence in undergraduate engineering education. I am extremely proud of the team efforts that led to these fine results."
Sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Baja competition is one of three designed to simulate real-world engineering projects and related challenges. In it, teams must design and build an off-road vehicle that can survive rough terrain.
ONU's vehicle competed against 120 Baja teams from across the nation. The ONU team scored high in the endurance race with a 10th place finish. Other ranking factors included cost, design, land maneuverability and acceleration.
The Baja competition provides ONU engineering students with a challenging project that involves the planning and manufacturing tasks associated with producing a new product for the consumer industrial market. Students must act as a team not only to design, build and race the vehicle, but also to generate financial support for the project.
At the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition, ONU competed against 22 of the nation's top engineering schools to vie for the "America's Cup of Civil Engineering." ONU won the right to represent the North Central Conference after capturing it's first-ever first-place finish at the regional competition in April. This marks ONU's third appearance at the national level.
ONU placed 13th overall by finishing seventh in technical design paper (detailing the planning, development, testing and construction of the canoe), 10th in the formal oral presentation (where team members present their design to a panel of judges) and 16th in the final product (an aesthetic score for the visuals of the project display and the canoe itself). Additionally, ONU tied for 12th place in the race category.