The Baja series challenges students to “design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain.” Organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), each team uses the same model of a ten-horsepower engine to place the competitive emphasis on the vehicle’s design and team’s creativity for speed. Several events make up the competition, including a sales presentation, hill climb, acceleration test, and four-hour endurance race.
In the 21st century, university students across the United States and UM-Flint will be increasingly diverse, increasingly socially engaged and aware, and increasingly technology and information-sharing oriented. In less than 30 years, the majority of the U.S. population will be people of color and in less than 25 years, the majority of workers in the nation will be people of color. Experience working in diverse contexts will be a top-five work-related competency that employers will look for in the next five years.