About - Cornell Baja Racing
BAJA ALUM SPOTLIGHT

Melaney Chen 2018-2019 Team Lead

I’m a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and I joined Baja as a freshman, after being amazed at how students built a car themselves that could drive off jumps, through ditches, and race head-to-head with other teams’ cars. I wanted to build something that I could sit in and say, “I was a part of creating this.” Since then, I have learned numerous skills that I bring into my experiences in industry, and have gained countless friends and memories that continue to be the highlight of my Cornell experience. My favorite part of our team is the dedication to learning while maintaining a positive attitude – with every failure, there is a group of dedicated students eager to learn from mistakes, supported by a whole team of members ready to help and ready to enjoy creating an awesome car.

TEAM LEADS

Andrew Klaber

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '21

Kenneth Cheung

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '21

Tanner Hallett

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '21

DRIVETRAIN SUBTEAM

The drivetrain subteam designs and manufactures the vehicle's custom continuously variable transmission (CVT), gearbox, driveshafts, and wheel hubs. Component design is driven by extensive structural and thermal analysis that is validated with an engine dynamometer and on-car telemetry systems. With all vehicles in the competition limited to a 10 HP engine, a focus is placed on designing for reliability and power efficiency.


Brady Barnett

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Kenneth Cheung

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '21

Calvin O'Brien

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '21

Jessica Benitez

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Bennet Varrichione

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Benjamin Smullen

Operations Research & Engineering '21

Kathleen Sternkopf

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

Ethan Wood-Thomas

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

Calvin Johnson

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

Eugene Jeong

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

Adele Smolansky

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

SUSPENSION SUBTEAM

The suspension subteam is responsible for defining and achieving the desired handling characteristics of the car. The suspension constraints in a Baja car are unique to off-roading in that it must be able to tackle uneven rocks, logs, jumps, and hairpin turns. Through the design and manufacturing of custom linkages, ball joints and steering racks, as well as custom tuning of the springs and dampers, the suspension subteam is able to ensure that the vehicle maneuvers as needed with minimal driver effort.


Miriam Levesque

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Andrew Klaber

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '21

Austin Stasko

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Chendan Luo

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Grace Sluzynski

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Frances Lee

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Jeena Park

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '21

Keaton Haug

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

Owen Louis

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

Peter Swaak

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

Glen Passow

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

Bryan Fuchs

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

FRAME SUBTEAM

The frame subteam is tasked with designing and manufacturing the roll cage and main structure of the Baja car, creating a safe, protective barrier between our driver and the harsh obstacles of the course. The frame must attach all of the other components of the car through a solid foundation.


Aidan Meehan

Civil & Enviornmental Engineering '22

Phoebe Hart

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

BRAKES SUBTEAM

The brakes subteam designs and manufactures custom master cylinders, rotors, and calipers. Design constraints are determined through on-car testing and a custom dynamometer, which are used to create a reliable, effective, and easy to maintain system.


Ben Collins

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Mary Feyrer

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '21

Tanner Hallett

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '21

Julia Kochersperger

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '22

Austin Townsend

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering '23

ERGONOMICS SUBTEAM

The composites and ergonomics subteam designs and builds the seat, steering wheel and body panels, with a focus on human centered design and materials testing.


Natalie Brunco

Design and Environmental Analysis '22

Ryan O'Malley

Design and Environmental Analysis '22

Priscilla Tsang

Design and Environmental Analysis '21

Chloe Chen

Design and Environmental Analysis '23

BUSINESS SUBTEAM

The business subteam acts as the liaison between the team and the Cornell community. We are responsible for recruiting new team members at the beginning of each semester, compiling a cost report for the competition, conducting purchases for the team, contacting alumni, corporations, and members of the community for sponsorships, designing and distributing public relations material, planning team travel, designing apparel, and maintaining the team website.


Michael Grossman

Operations Research & Engineering '22

Shivani Poddar

Operations Research & Engineering '21

Priscilla Tsang

Design and Environmental Analysis '21

Hannah Murray

Engineering '23

Sommer Hogan

Hotel Administration '22

Tristan Wilkes

Operations Research & Engineering '23