Frame and Chassis
Team Lead: Gaetan Foisy
Gaetan Foisy is a junior, mechanical engineering major from Potsdam, New York. This is his third year on the team, and he previously worked on the frame and chassis team in addition to being the team’s lead welder.
The frame team is in charge of design, test, and manufacture the chassis for the vehicle. We use SolidWorks for the design and Siemens NX to perform finite element analysis and simulations of the different stresses on the chassis. In addition, we work with the electronics team to perform physical testing using strain gauges in order to validate the load cases used on the analysis.
Team Lead: Charles Patterson
Charles Patterson is a junior, biomedical engineering major from Rochester, NY. This is his third year on the team, and he previously served as the team’s president.
The drivetrain project team is responsible for powering the car. Typically, our cars run a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) from the engine to a double stage reduction gearbox attached directly to the wheels. We generally design and manufacture a new gearbox every year. We are also responsible for tuning the CVT once the car is complete to achieve maximum performance by balancing top speed, torque, and acceleration.
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Team Lead: Noah Meyers
Noah Meyers is a junior, mechanical engineering major from Rochester, New York. This is his second year on the team, and he previously served as the team’s suspension team lead.
The suspension is all hardware that connects the tires to the chassis, allowing for relative motion between the two. The design of a vehicle’s suspension is the determining factor in its handling characteristics; traits such as turning radius, role while turning sharply or response to driving over an obstacle. To design and manufacture the suspension, the suspension project team makes use of a variety of CAD and FEA tools (such as Siemens NX, SolidWorks, and Lotus Shark) as well as manufacturing techniques such as CNC machining, milling, lathing, and welding. Once the suspension has been built and mounted, the suspension team is responsible for tuning the suspension to the match our drivers’ preferred handling traits, as well as being ready to swiftly replace broken parts during a race.
Team Lead: Marial De Lucia Lara Gutierrez
Marial Gutierrez is a senior, mechanical engineering major from Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. This is her fourth year on the team, and she previously served as the team’s usability team lead.
The Usability Project Team takes responsibility for every driver-to-vehicle system. Critical systems span from the brakes to the accelerator, and more. Leveraging ergonomics and performance, we extend to seating comfort and safety components. Drivers interact with all systems; the Usability Team regularly cooperates with other subsystems to complete our Baja vehicle.
Team Lead: Ethan Fahnestock
Ethan Fahnestock is a sophomore, physics major from Fairbanks, Alaska. This is his second year on the team and he’s previously worked on the electronics team.
The electronics team is responsible for ensuring the car has a functioning brake light, and the engines can be properly be turned off. We also take care of communication at competitions using digital Motorola MOTOTRBO radios. In addition, the electronics team collects data from various systems of the car to validate the design choices of the car. All data collected using the Arduino platform.