The SAE chapter has long been active in the University. They annually compete in the Mini Baja competition. This competition requires that the students design and then build an off road vehicle.
Much of the car is designed on the computer by the students using various CAD and simulation packages. All the welding, machining, and manufacturing of the car and all it's parts are also done by the students. This project is a massive undertaking but as you can see from the slideshow, it's one well worth the effort. To see more photos click on flickr or more about SAE and in particular the Mini Baja Car visit the SAE web site.
The Aero Design competition is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-life engineering exercise. The competition has been designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations that engineers face in the real work environment. First and foremost a design competition, students will find themselves performing trade studies and making compromises to arrive at a design solution that will optimally meet the mission requirements while still conforming to the configuration limitations.