The 2009 SAE Baja Fall Invitational was held by the Dayton, Ohio Section and Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) on October 3, 2009. The event was held on the Center’s All-Terrain Vehicle Course, complete with washboards, dirt, logs, hills, and mud pits, for the competition site.
Eight teams were involved in the event, representing The Ohio State University, University of Louisville, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, University of Akron, Grove City College, University of Dayton, Ohio Northern University, and Cleveland State University. Engineering students were asked to build an off-road vehicle that could survive severe punishment of rough terrain. The project involved the planning, manufacturing, and introduction of the new product to a fictitious firm. The student teams were required to generate financial support for their projects, as well as design, build, test, promote, and race their vehicles.
Cleveland State University placed first in the event, followed by The Ohio State University in second, and placing third was the University of Akron. The competition was not only a success, but it was an excellent way to kick off the school year and spark excitement in the field of engineering.