Captain: Sam Veith ’20
Hi, my name is Sam Veith, and I am a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Union College. I want our team to be successful in learning unique aspects of automotive engineering. My goal is for each individual member to be inspired by their work and learn from their mistakes in a constructive environment. I am passionate about economy cars and my career goal is to join the auto industry. My goal is to optimize fuel economy and alternative energy for global transportation. You can find me during my free time working in the garage on different cars and asking myself why I enjoy being a “grease monkey”. Unsurprisingly, Team Baja is a natural fit as I enjoy helping teammates discover the joy of metal working and engineering parts for our vehicle.
President: Mark Solomon ’20
Hi, I’m Mark Solomon and I am a Sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I first joined Baja SAE because I am a car nut. Once I met the people involved, I was hooked. It was a great way to get my hands dirty and really be able to apply my previous knowledge and things I learn in class to a real world problem. It is a great stress reliever being able to head down to the shop and just build things. Though Baja SAE is a lot of work, it is extremely rewarding being able to look at a final product and being able to say you helped build that. My freshman year, I took on the purchasing and tuning of our new Gaged Engineering CVT, along with smaller projects ranging from the CVT case to the gas system to troubleshooting our shifter problems. My goal for Dutchman Racing this year is to have a completed car early in the spring and to have a top 25 finish at competition. Last year we came close to both of those but I think with a stricter timeline we should be able to complete our build, and with our knowledge from last year’s competition we should be able to place very well. My favorite car, other than my 1991 junkyard Miata “Skip”, would have to be either a new Mustang GT350R or an R28 Skyline. Other activities I am involved in on campus is running on our Cross Country and Track teams, participating in Robotics Club, and I am in Colleges Against Cancer.
Vice President: Allison King ’19
Hi, I’m Allison King and I’m a junior majoring in mechanical engineering at Union College. After Union, I plan on going to grad school to pursue either a master’s degree or a Ph.D. I first joined baja my sophomore year after transferring into Union College. I have always had an interest in cars. Ever since I was little, I would always point at cars on the highway and tell my parents all about their features and specs. Joining baja seemed like a great way to meet others with a similar interest. Last year, I helped out with more of the business side of the team. This included making a budget for competition and taking on our social media sites. I also have been a huge supporter of our team by attending the productions of the members involved in theater, attending the Mayor’s Cup hockey game where we brought the car along, and attending the baja events during ReUnion weekend. This year, I hope to get more involved on the building aspect of the car. My goal for the team is to not only have a top-placing car, but also to have a team of best friends who are willing to put in the time to work together to train new members and complete tasks or repairs on time. My favorite car is the second-generation Ford Explorer. My dad gave me his old 1998 Ford Explorer the day I got my driver’s license and I fell in love. It gave me first-hand experience in fixing cars and the signs of things going bad. Other than baja, I am involved with the SAE Aero team and am working on researching the potential use of aerogels in automotive catalytic converters in the Aerogel lab on campus.
Treasurer: Matt Haber ’19