This is the first year we’ve been able to support Harding University’s Baja SAE team, Baja Bison. Zach Charette, Co-Captain of the team, gives some insight below as to why they chose titanium and any issues the team ran into. We wish them all the best as they go into the competition phase.
PTG: Tell me a bit about your team and your role on it. What kind of experience have you gained being a part of the Baja SAE program?
Zach: The Harding University Bison Baja team is a relatively young team, competing in its first competition in 2013. However, this team has grown tremendously throughout the 7 years of competing. This tight knit group of peers is willing to work hard and have fun while doing it. I was the 2019-2020 Co-Captain of the team and recently elected to be the 2020-2021 Captain. I was also in charge of the research and development and manufacturing side of our operation. During the 2018-2019 competition season, I was the brake system lead. Throughout my 3 years on the team, I have gained wonderful experience in problem solving and overcoming challenges. The Baja SAE program has provided me with industry insight that, otherwise, I would not have. I am grateful for the knowledge and friendships gained through this program.