Project Teams


DRIVETRAIN

Team Lead: Gilead Biggie (’18)

Email: gbiggie@u.rochester.edu

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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ELECTRONICS

Team Lead: Harel Biggie (’18)

Email: hbiggie@u.rochester.edu

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 HAM 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.

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FRAME

Team Lead: Kaven Marte (’19)

Email: kmarte@u.rochester.edu

The frame team is in charge of design, test, and manufacture the chassis for the vehicle. We use SolidWorks for the design and NX to perform finite element analysis and simulations of the different stresses on the chassis. In addition, we are going to be performing physical testing using strain gauges in order to validate the load cases used on the analysis.

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EXTERIOR DESIGN

Team Lead: Mario Gutierrez (’19)

Email: mgutier9@u.rochester.edu

Exterior Design is responsible for the design and production of all coverings, paneling, and signage mounted on the vehicle. There are 3 main goals in this Project team:

1. To protect the driver and car systems from the off-road environment (track debris, water, mud, etc.)
2. Defining our car’s number and the team’s sponsors to onlookers.
3. Creating an aesthetic appeal, which is not a requirement but improves success in design judging and garners additional respect from the community.

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SUSPENSION

Team Lead: Mike Macfarlane (’17)

Email: mmacfar2@u.rochester.edu

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/FEA tools (such as NX  10, 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.


USABILITY

Team Lead: Oscar Ta (’18)

Email: ota@u.rochester.edu

The Usability Project Team takes responsibility for every driver-to-vehicle system. Critical systems span the brakes, accelerator, steering, 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.

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Questions? Comments? Contact us at baja.rochester@gmail.com

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