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									  2008 PUC Mini-Baja

Sponsorship Information

               2200 169th Street
         Hammond, IN 46323-2094
           Phone: (219) 989-2400

      The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) at Purdue University Calumet
(PUC) competes yearly in international collegiate competitions that are sponsored by
SAE and leading automotive manufacturers. The SAE Mini-Baja competition
requires student engineers to design and fabricate a one-person off-road vehicle.
This competition demands engineering skills, project management, and basic
machining capabilities. The major goal of this competition is to prepare future
engineers for real world applications by providing hands-on experience.

       Each year, there are three regional events that are held in various locations
throughout the United States. The three events this year are being held in
Tennessee, Illinois, and Montreal. We are registered to compete in the Illinois event
this year. This event takes place from May 29, 2007 to June 1, 2007. In order for
us to attend this event, we need the materials necessary to build a competitive car.
SAE is a student organization that depends solely on sponsorships for such
activities. Donations of any parts, supplies, tools and/or funding to purchase such
items would be greatly appreciated. It is our desire to build a Mini-Baja car that will
be competitive in the Illinois Mini-Baja event this year.

     This packet will provide you with all the information to provide support to the
PUC Mini-Baja Team. With your generous contribution, the Purdue Calumet team
will have the materials that will allow them to compete successfully in the 2008

     Your support will have a direct impact on the careers of each engineering
student on the Mini-Baja team. SAE Mini Baja provides hands-on experience,
undertaken by the most dedicated and enthusiastic students in the engineering
curriculum. By sponsoring Mini Baja, you provide for us the opportunity to obtain
real world experience; thus, making us more valuable to the engineering world.
Remember, contributing to this team is a contribution to the future of engineering.
We thank you for your time.

                                                               PUC Mini-Baja

Ryan Natzke
SAE Student President
(708) 439-4376

Rick Rickerson
Laboratory Specialist and Student Liaison
(219) 989-2405

PUC SAE E-mail:

Why Sponsor PUC Mini-Baja?

       Sponsorship will benefit your company as well as benefit PUC Mini-Baja.
First, your company’s name or logo will prominently be displayed on the Mini-Baja
car, which provides a prime opportunity to get recognized at an international
collegiate event. This event has many future engineers, universities, present
engineers, companies and event sponsors that will take note of your company’s
commitment to the future of engineering as well as the future of education. After
the event, the Mini-Baja car will be displayed on the Purdue University Calumet
campus. This allows the community to see that your company supports education,
especially for engineers. We will also send a monthly newsletter to keep your
company updated on our progress throughout the year. Also, each donation is tax
deductible since Purdue University Calumet is a non-profit organization.

      To the PUC Mini-Baja team, your sponsorship provides us encouragement
and support from the professional world. It provides us a chance to get recognized
for our engineering and fabricating talents. The more funding we have the more it is
a possibility for a competitive Mini-Baja car to be manufactured, which will allows
us to be more competitive and become one of the elite. We want to succeed more
than ever. We are an ambitious group of students, but we need your support to
perform at our full potential. Don’t forget that any contribution that you make
(either parts, supplies or monetary) is tax deductible!

                                                        Thank you,
                                                        P.U.C. Mini-Baja

How to sponsor PUC Mini-Baja?

      All you need to do is fill out the attached form at the end of this packet and
mail the form and a copy of your company’s logo to the following address:

                             Purdue University Calumet
                                Attn: Rick Rickerson
                                   2200 169th St
                                Hammond, IN 46323
                                 Anderson Building
                                     Room 140a

Who we are (PUC SAE):

      The Purdue Calumet chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers is a
student organization dedicated to the advancement of academic careers in the world
of engineering by gaining vital hands-on experience, peer projects, and networking
with professionals in many fields of engineering.

About SAE international:

      The Society of Automotive Engineers has more than 84,000 members -
engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 97
countries - who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering
of mobility systems.

       The Purdue Calumet Chapter is one of 400 plus collegiate chapters
throughout the world. SAE offers student memberships to expand the knowledge
and experience of college students. One way it does this is by offering the Collegiate
Design Series. These design competitions challenge students to go beyond textbook
theory by designing, building and testing the performance of a real vehicle. Each
participating team is judged on a wide number of categories which include: vehicle
design, quality, cost efficiency, safety, fuel economy, acceleration, handling, and
even a grueling four-hour endurance race.

       Currently, the Calumet Chapter is participating in the Mini Baja Series. Mini
Baja consists of three regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering
design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are challenged to
design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of
rough terrain and in the East competition, a water obstacle is present. The object of
the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that
involves the planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new
product to the consumer industrial market. Teams compete against one another to
have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Students must
function as a team not only to design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within
the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and
manage their educational priorities.

More Information can be found at

Goals of this year’s team:

       With an earlier start than ever before, and a larger, more experienced team,
efforts are being made to market the vehicle in order to gain funding. Also, the team
has planned a total redesign for the new vehicle, making it smaller, lighter, and
more competitive. Computer analysis will be implemented in order to test flaws,
and overall durability. Another main goal of the team is to increase campus
awareness, and the recruitment of individuals outside of the engineering
department. Past teams have involved students with majors in ME, EE, MET, EET,
CGT, and Business. Due to the many aspects of the competition, we feel many
more students would benefit from their participation.

The Work Ahead:

        One of the focal points of these competitions remains the design of the
vehicle. Each student is assigned the task of engineering different parts of the
vehicle. Meetings are held and an overall consensus is reached regarding the basic
look/design of the vehicle, ensuring that the design conforms to very strict rules
and safety guidelines. From there a 3-D solid model frame is created. Utilizing the
latest software, the design can be tested using different variables and conditions
until the most desirable results are achieved. It is during this time; when there is
little production work being done, team members actively look for new members,
sponsorship, and market the project.

      With design in hand, the team begins the task of manufacturing the vehicle in
the campus machine shop. The students do all machining and assembly on
campus, which allows them to hone their craft and gain the practical experience,
which is so vital in a competitive job market. Along with assembly, team members
are faced with many other real-life problems and challenges. Procurement of parts,
supplies, and materials is ongoing throughout the many phases of the project.
Hotel and travel arrangements, along with transportation for the vehicle and
equipment to the competition site must be made. All of this is accomplished while
maintaining each student’s academic commitments.

The schedule to complete the Mini-Baja vehicle:

• Complete design of vehicle, funding, and recruiting by November of 2007

•   Have all materials and parts ordered and start fabrication by December of 2007

•   Have the vehicle complete and start real world dynamic testing by March of 2008

•   Participate in the Illinois Mini-Baja Competition from May 29- June 1 of 2008

          P.U.C. Mini-Baja Sponsorship Form

Company Name:_____________________________________________________

Contact Person:______________________________________________________

Phone #:_____________________________________________________________


Company Address:___________________________________________________

Type of Donations:

     Parts: (braking, steering, suspension components, etc…)

     Supplies: (Oil, lubricants, brake fluid, etc…)

     Monetary Donation: (Cash, Gift cards for gas or food, etc…)

                             Please submit to:
                            Purdue University Calumet
                               Attn: Rick Rickerson
                                  2200 169th St
                               Hammond, IN 46323
                                Anderson Building
                                    Room 140a


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