Shop Talk: The Baja SAE Podcast

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As the official must-listen podcast of Baja SAE, expect authentic, amusing conversations about all things related to Baja SAE. Hosts include SAE International staff, former competitors, volunteers, and organizers. Topics range from ruleset discussion to career advice and everything in between. This is the perfect podcast to listen to in the shop

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Sara and Sam run down all of the details you need going into the 2020 Baja SAE Season. Special Guest: Sam Barill.

Dec 2019

52 min

Amanda Paciorkowski joins us to talk about the new SAE AeroConnect Challenge including its mission to create new connected aircraft solutions to help fight forest fires. Find more information and register for the competition at www.saeaeroconnectchallenge.com

Nov 2019

20 min

We go over the details of the NEW registration process for the 2020 season!

Aug 2019

19 min

We are joined by the organization crew for Baja SAE Rochester to discuss what to expect from the last Baja of the year including the events, the two locations, the awards banquet and more!

May 2019

37 min

We are joined by Joe Batwinis, the Lead Organizer for Baja SAE California to discuss what to expect from this year’s event out west including the events, changes in parking enforcement, engine check process updates, and more! Special Guest: Sam Barill.

Apr 2019

33 min

Joe Batwinis joins us to discuss the big misses from Tech Inspection in the first Baja SAE event in Tennessee to help you get through the line faster and the first time in Baja California and Rochester! Special Guest: Sam Barill.

Apr 2019

28 min

We are joined by Martha Tress, Recruitment Sales Manager at SAE, to talk about the Virtual Career Fair. What can we expect from this year, what can you expect if you’re new, and what changes will there be? Find out more about the CDS Virtual Career Fair! (https://connection.sae.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=020a4657-9c09-433d-b73f-a7317c2a21ce&Home=%2Fhome) Special Guest: Martha Tress.

Dec 2018

9 min

On this episode, we speak with Drew Stratton, organizer for Baja SAE Oregon, about Sales Finals, their signature event, and what to expect from their courses.

May 2018

10 min

On this episode, we discuss the updates to Baja SAE Kansas with Baja SAE Kansas Organizer Trent Lindbloom, including changes to dynamic events, the live broadcast, and severe weather plans.

May 2018

17 min

On this episode, we talk to the developers of the first ever Baja SAE App about their favorite features, the philosophy of the app, and what the future state looks like.

Apr 2018

36 min

In this episode, we discuss the upcoming Baja SAE Maryland event with Steven Storck. We touched on what makes this site unique, the brand new Sponsor Skillshops, and how their committee focuses alleviating pain points for teams.

Apr 2018

14 min

On this episode, we say goodbye to Bob Sechler, longtime manager of the Collegiate Design Series, as he retires in 2018. Bob shares his favorite and craziest stories from CDS competitions for the past 30 years. Special Guests: Bob Sechler, Kaley Zundel, and Sam Barill.

Jan 2018

42 min

On this episode, we met up with Amanda and Donna from the SAE Membership team to discuss what benefits student members are entitled to, what to expect from the Membership team onsite in 2018, and what other things students can take advantage of as an SAE member. Special Guests: Amanda Hildabrand and Donna Edenhart.

Dec 2017

28 min

On this episode, we meet with Matt, Alex, and Mike to discuss the brand new Cost Module for the 2018 competition season. We explore why we are moving to a catalog system, what it means for teams onsite, and how teams will use the new Cost Module. Special Guests: Alex Reiners, Matt Moody, and Mike Zieman.

Dec 2017

47 min

On this episode, Amanda and Martha expand on the previously announced CDS Virtual Career Fair, to be held on January 25, 2018. They discuss what a virtual career fair is, why CDS is hosting one, how students can prepare for it, and what they can expect. Special Guest: Martha Tress.

Nov 2017

13 min

Amanda and Sara take a look at the changes to Formula SAE Registration Day including Pre-Registration, Attending Status, and the New Engine Order Process.

Sep 2017

24 min

On this episode, we spoke to National Tech Inspectors Joe, Darrell, and Brett about how to make the Technical Inspection go smoothly.

Mar 2017

37 min

We spoke to Matt Moody, Cost Report Captain, about the theory behind the Cost Report, what happens in an audit, the future of the Cost Event and more.

Feb 2017

48 min

Our first episode of 2017 focused on the first required submission – the Frame Pre-Check.  We are joined by Marc and Jeremy from the National Tech Inspectors team to discuss some of the common mistakes, best practices, and theory behind this submission.

Feb 2017

28 min

On this episode, we talk to Ken Francis about the Learn Twice Initiative.  By volunteering just a few hours per week in a local elementary or middle school (30 hours total that can be split amongst your team members), you can earn $$$ soon with A World in Motion’s Learn Twice Initiative! If you are interested, please contact Amy Smith or Ken Francis to get started right away, amy.smith@sae.org or Kenneth.Francis@sae.org.

Dec 2016

11 min

In this episode, the CDS Staff chat with Mike Zimmerman (Briggs & Stratton), Bo Neilan (National Tech Inspector), and Chris Reedy (National Tech Inspector) about the 2017 Baja SAE Ruleset.  We talk new engines, fuel tanks, frame checks, and tech inspection tips.

Sep 2016

25 min

In this episode, the CDS Staff discusses the biggest mistakes teams make during online registration, some pro tips, and resources to have a smooth registration day.

Sep 2016

16 min

This week, we take a look back at Baja SAE Rochester, including an interview with the mind behind one of the more interesting obstacles from the event, and the presentation of the Mike Schmidt Memorial Award. 

Jul 2016

15 min

In this episode, we talk with Marty Gordon, organizer of Baja SAE Rochester! We talk two locations, food drives, the spirit of Baja, and the Mike Schmidt Iron Team Award.  Listen and be prepared! 

Jun 2016

20 min

Baja SAE California is in the books as we return to California the first time since the 80’s.  We discuss going out West, the latest tips for getting through the Tech Line, and that incredible “Himalayan” Hill Climb at this event!  Plus: What is the future of Baja in California?

Jun 2016

19 min

This episode, we talk with Baja SAE California organizer Joe Batwinis about preparing your team for the event, some environmental tips, where to eat, and his experience coming up as a former student participant! 

May 2016

18 min

Summary The first Baja SAE event of 2016 is in the books!  We talk with organizer Dale Wilson about the history and event, members of the tech team for tips and what they had seen at the event, and several participating teams in their secrets to success! Show Notes [00:58] Recap [01:13] History of Baja at Tennessee Tech University (Dale Wilson - Organizer) [01:51] Working Farm? (Dale Wilson - Organizer) [03:20] Sales Presentations & Real World Application (University of Puerto Rico) [04:23] Polaris Design Presentation & Continuing Improvement (Rowan University) [05:10] Honda Tech Inspection & Common Problems (Marc & Jason from the National Tech Team) [07:24] Dynamic Day & Suspension Prediction (Dale Wilson - Organizer) [08:06] Maneuverability & Design Choice (Tennessee Tech University) [08:39] Endurance Race & Year-Round Planning (Iowa State University) [09:55] Top 10 Overall Episode #3: Mike Zimmerman from Briggs & Stratton on the 2017 Engine2016-2:  Lessons Learned from Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Results ===================================== Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes

May 2016

12 min

Summary In this episode, we catch up with Mike Zimmerman of Briggs & Straton at Tennessee Tech University to discuss the new engine being shown off for next year's competition. Show Notes [00:14] Interview with Briggs & Stratton

Apr 2016

4 min

Summary In this episode, we are joined by Sara Guffey, University Programs Coordinator, with the top tips to make your competition experience the best! ===================================== Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes

Apr 2016

10 min

Summary On the first edition of the Baja SAE Podcast, we talk with Sam Barill, Program Manager for Baja SAE, as we discuss what to look out for at the upcoming event! Show Notes [00:37] What's New in 2016 [02:35] Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Preview Fast Track Registration Information Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Sales Schedule Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Design Schedule Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Paddock Assignments Baja SAE Tennessee Tech RV Hookups Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Liability Waiver [09:50] Sam Barill's #1 Pro Tip for Teams [12:24] Live Broadcasting at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Live Stream Link [14:50] Outtakes Let Us Know email - bajasae@sae.orgFacebook - www.facebook.com/bajasaeTwitter - www.twitter.com/baja_sae#bajaTTU - https://twitter.com/search?q=bajattu&src=typd

Apr 2016

16 min

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