USD Mini Baja

Student innovation beyond the classroom.

Deepening the Mastery of Coursework

University of San Diego's Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) program is composed of innovative engineering students (mechanical, electrical, integrated and industrial and systems) and computer science students. The USD Mini Baja team spends two semesters designing, engineering, fabricating, testing and ultimately competing with an off-road vehicle in the annual SAE Collegiate Design Series for their Capstone Design project. As a true interdisciplinary effort, the team also collaborates with students from USD's School of Business to manage finances and facilitate funding for the project.

SAE Collegiate Design Series Competition

Baja SAE consists of three regional competitions that take students beyond the classroom and test each team's vehicle design to the breaking point. Throughout the competition, the Mini Baja team will be judged on the creation of design specifications and the ability to meet those specifications, computer aided drafting, analysis, testing and development, manufacturability, serviceability, system integration and how well the vehicle performs dynamically. The competition consists of both static and dynamic events over a three-day period. For more information, check out SAE's official Collegiate Design Series Competition site.

  • Day 1 — Static Evaluation
  • Day 2 — Dynamic Evaluation
  • Day 3 — Endurance Race

USD Mini Baja Sponsorship

The project team must successfully build and integrate the chassis/frame/ergonomics, front/rear suspension system, steering, brakes, drivetrain/powertrain and electrical systems. To take their dream from conception to reality, they need your help. Donations of any size can help the team immensely and are greatly appreciated! Please donate directly to USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (Enter your gift amount, select the box marked "Other" and write "Baja competition" in the next box).

Platinum Sponsors - $10,000+

  • Large logo on Baja car
  • Primary logo on all team apparel
  • Link and logo on team website
  • Membership in USD's President's Club*
  • Sponsor mention in all publications
  • Recognition plaque
  • Car available for booking test drive

Gold Sponsors - $2,500 to $9,999

  • Large logo on Baja car
  • Logo on the back of team shirts
  • Link and logo on team website
  • Membership in USD's President's Club*
  • Sponsor mention in all publications
  • Recognition plaque

Silver Sponsors - $1,000 to $2,499

  • Medium logo on Baja car
  • Logo on the back of team shirts
  • Link and logo on team website
  • Membership in USD's President's Club*
  • Sponsor mention in all publications
  • Recognition plaque

Bronze Sponsors - $250 to $999

  • Small logo on Baja car
  • Link and logo on team website
  • Recognition plaque

Supporters - $100 to $249

  • Link and logo on team website
  • Recognition certificate
*USD donors are invited to join the President's Club with an annual giving of $1,500 or greater.

2020-21 USD Mini Baja Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Taylor Foundation logo
The Pennington Family
Bronze Sponsor
BETTY
The Power Family
Supporter

If you are interested in a corporate sponsorship, email elurkis@sandiego.edu details or questions.